About 30% of Spanish parents say their children have used their credit cards for online shopping. This is what a report conducted by the computer security company, Norton, has revealed. The report also showed that one in five teachers have experienced or know a colleague who has suffered “ciberhumiliation” - where students first irritate or provoke a teacher until he or she explodes and their angry outburst is recorded on a mobile ‘phone and uploaded to a social network.

The report, Norton Online Family Report, based on 19'636 surveys carried out in 24 countries on 12'704 adults, 4553 young people aged between eight and 17 years and 2'379 teachers of students aged between eight and 17 years.

In a press conference, Norton's chief marketing officer for Spain and Portugal, Roberto Testa, stated that “ciberhumiliation” is one of the main examples of “alarming” bad behavior across social networks.

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Furthermore, the analysis reveals that 51% say their schools have a code of conduct for how teachers and students should communicate through social media, and 80% of teachers requested more education about using networks safely, for which 70% of parents were also in favour.

Another of the highlights from the study reveals that 23% of parents allowing their children to use their credit or debit cards for purchases on the net say that their children exceeded the agreed amount, and more than half (53%) of those who allowed their children to buy over the Internet said their credit cards had, at some time, been used without permission.

The report shows that 33% of young people make purchases online, but as Testa noted, it is “not all bad news,“: the report shows that the house rules are generally followed and that children behaving “responsibly” on the Internet has “significant” significant impact on preventing network experiences being negative.

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