Parents should snoop on their children’s texts and social media messages, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s new advisor on childhood has claimed.
MP Claire Perry said that it is ‘bizarre’ that children’s internet and mobile exchanges are seen as private in a world where they are constantly threatened by online dangers.
In her first interview after being appointed she told the Daily Mail that society has been ‘complicit’ in allowing a culture when young people can have inappropriate contact with strangers 24 hours a day, the Telegraph reports.
Mother of three Perry, 48, also revealed ‘absolutely horrific’ trend of children ‘sexting’ each other, sending explicit images on their phones, which was ‘happening in pretty much every school in the country’.
According to the report, she has now called on parents to take responsibility and challenge their offspring about their use of technology and the Internet, even demanding to look when necessary.
She said that parents do have the power to ‘turn off’ the internet and block their children from inappropriate contact.
In her role as Cameron’s adviser on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood she has set out a range of proposals for change, including a better system to report inappropriate online behaviour, a crackdown on raunchy music videos and access to lads mage, internet safety classes in schools, and labelling of airbrushed celebrity images, the report added.