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Parents lack Web skills to keep children safe

Three in 10 Greek parents never sit with their children when they surf the Internet, according to the results of a survey to be published today to mark Safer Internet Day. The same Eurobarometer poll, carried out for the European Union, indicates that 35 percent of parents in Greece place no restrictions on their children when they are on the Web. A key reason for parents’ apparent lack of supervision is that they are less technologically savvy than their children, according to computer experts. «Parents are digitally inferior to their children and when they want to help they usually do it in the wrong way; they become overprotective,» said Yiannis Larios, vice president of the Observatory for the Information Society. «Thirty percent of parents sit by their children or look at the pages they have visited but only 1 percent bother to install some kind of filter on their computer beforehand.»