Reasons for U.S. parents not to monitor their child's online usage 2015

This statistic illustrates the most common reasons for parents in the United States not to monitor their children's online usage. During the October 2015 survey, 41 percent did not use parental control tools or programs because they trusted their child to be safe and act appropriately online.

Which one or two of these reasons best describes why you have not used a parental control tool, program, or app to assist you in limiting or monitoring you child's internet usage?

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Release date

November 2015


United States

Survey time period

October 5 to 8, 2015

Number of respondents

589 respondents

Special properties

parents of 6-17 year olds who access the internet

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Among parents who say they have not used parental controls

On September 9, 2015, Hart Research convened three focus groups in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, among parents whose children access the Internet. The groups were divided by age of child, with one group among parents of six- to nine-year-old children, one group among parents of 10- to 13-year-olds, and one group among parents of 14- to 17-year-olds.
From October 5 to 8, 2015, Hart Research conducted an online national survey of 589 parents of six- to 17-yearolds who access the Internet. To simplify survey administration, parents of multiple children in the age bracket were asked to answer questions about their child who had the most recent birthday.

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