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05 Sep 2022

Children's Online Safety

Children's Online Safety


Survey also reveals one in four parents admit to being unaware of who their children interact with online 


London, UK - 31 August 2022 - Over a third (34%) of parents are unaware of what online accounts their children are using - according to a new survey by Censuswide on behalf of International Cyber Expo and conducted amongst 600 parents across the UK. The survey also revealed over a quarter (26%) of parents admit they do not know who their children are interacting with online, highlighting a worrying lack of awareness surrounding their children’s online activity. 


Further key findings:

  • Over a fifth (21%) of parents claim to know about all accounts, but they’re unable to easily access them to monitor what their children are doing and who they are interacting with.

  • 15% admitted they don’t know about all their children’s accounts as they allow them total online freedom - where almost half of these parents (46%) refer to their child of 13 years old or younger. 

  • 11% of parents blame their lack of awareness on having too many accounts to keep track of.

  • 8% believe their children are dishonest about their online activity. 


Other concerning online behaviours among children include:    

  • 14% of parents admit their children have bullied or trolled others, with 54% of those perpetrators being 10 years old or younger.

  • 13% have experienced cyber bullying online, with 41% of those victims being 10 years old or younger.

  • 7% have set up false profiles, with a further 7% having hacked or accessed an unauthorised account - of the latter, 49% are 10 years old or younger.


“It is challenging enough to ensure children are safe in the ‘real’ world, let alone worrying about their presence in the digital world. As threats become harder to identify online, it can be easy to fall into the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality,” comments Simon Newman, International Cyber Expo Advisory Council Member and CEO of Cyber Resilience Centre for London. “However, as we know, children can be highly susceptible and easily fall victim to dangerous and/or abusive behaviour. In some cases, they may even be groomed by online criminal groups to carry out illegal activity on their behalf. Therefore, it has never been more important for parents to take an active interest in their children’s online activity.”


The survey was commissioned by International Cyber Expo, the annual cybersecurity expo, created for the community, by the community, held at Olympia London on the 27th - 28th of September 2022.




For a copy of the survey or to speak to an International Cyber Expo spokesperson, please contact Nicole Sigrist on +44 (0)20 7183 2833 or


About International Cyber Expo


Driven by popular demand, International Cyber Expo has emerged as the cybersecurity event where business, innovation and education converge. Over two days, industry veterans, newcomers, technical experts, executives and investors are invited to address the issues of tomorrow's interconnected world in the heart of London.


The Expo endeavours to be the hub of global and inclusive collaboration, focusing on connecting cybersecurity vendors with decision-makers such as CISOs, CIOs, and Head of Information Security from mid-large sized enterprises, government, critical national infrastructure, and public sector organisations. 


It is an event for the community, by the community, with CISO roundtables, and informative sessions by experts in the field, including immersive demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge technologies. Its agenda is shaped by a diverse and esteemed Advisory Council chaired by Professor Ciaran Martin CB (former CEO of the NCSC) and made up of credible government, industry and academic stakeholders.


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