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    Telegraph (UK): Seven in 10 parents demand compulsory online privacy lessons

    The Telegraph reports on a new survey by YouGov, a UK company that does market research.

    Parents would like the government to introduce lessons to improve young people’s understanding of online privacy and the value of their personal reputation, with 69 per cent of parents calling for compulsory lessons to be introduced as part of compulsory school lessons, according the Digital Literacy Report 2009.

    There is a growing concern among parents about their children’s online activities, according to the YouGov poll of 2,050 adults.

    Almost half (48 per cent) said they were worried that their children’s online actions of social networking sites like Facebook , Bebo and YouTube will “destroy their future chances of getting into a chosen university or getting their first job” and more should be done by the government and schools to help young people safeguard their future prospects.

    The research also found that 44 per cent of parents did not check the content their children are accessing or what they are posting online. Parents said children accessing sites through their mobile phones instead of family PCs, made it harder to them to monitor their children’s behaviour. […]

    The report also found that 28 per cent of 18-35 year olds admitted they have posted inappropriate content on sites like Twitter, which they have later regretted. […]

    At the end of March 2009 following a review of the UK primary school curriculum, recommendations were put forward to teach children under 11 how to use social networking sites, blogs, webcams and podcasts.

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