One in ten UK parents with children aged 10 to 13 believe their offspring is more knowledgeable about the internet than they are, says AVG.
Research by the security firm, which was conducted for its digital maturity report, revealed globally 87 percent of Farthers are more likely to say they know the most about the internet, with only five percent admitting their children with knowing more. However, according to AVG, by the time a child reaches 11 they have hit 'Digital Maturity' and have the same online and digital device skills as adults.
Furthermore, nearly two thirds (60 percent) said they allow 10 to 13 year-olds to have a PC in their bedroom, although most claim to have no idea what their child gets up to online. Nearly six in ten (58 percent) of parents admitted they had secretly logged into their child's computer to monitor their online activities.
Nearly two thirds (62 percent) of parents also revealed their 10 to 13 year-old accesses social networks including Facebook, despite many being below the minimum age for membership. However, only six percent said their child had been a victim of cyberbullying.
Tweens, or those aged 10 to 13, are also fond of their smartphones with UK 83 percent of UK kids in this age group frequently texting, more than a third (36 percent) owning a smartphones and 50 percent use social media services on their handset.
"Children are online at such an early age that many have developed the technical maturity of adults by their tween years. However, they have not developed the equivalent intellectual or emotional maturity necessary to make the right decisions in the many complex situations they face online," said JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies.
"It's important that parents understand the role technology plays in their children's lives. It can help their kids be as smart and safe as possible with technology, while giving parents complete peace of mind."