Research of 2,000 parents with children aged between seven and 17 found 40 per cent of parents realised their offspring had an advanced understanding when they knew their way around tech better than they did.
But this superior ability to navigate the digital world is a concern for 55 per cent of these parents.
Money being spent without them knowing (59 per cent), accessing inappropriate content (50 per cent) and speaking with strangers (37 per cent) rank among the top worries.
In an attempt to keep up, 42 per cent are spending time learning how to use their devices, and 39 per cent are educating themselves as much as they can about online safety.
But despite concerns, nearly one in four (23 per cent) don’t bother with parental controls, as 24 per cent of these believe their child will just evade them anyway.
However, more than a fifth (21 per cent) of this group admit they simply do not know how to set them up properly.
Parenting in 2022 proves to be more ‘complex’
The research was commissioned by Avast as part of its ‘Back to School’ campaign, which aims to educate parents to help their children safely navigate the internet.
Jaya Baloo, chief information security officer for the online security and antivirus software provider, said: “Parenting in 2022 is getting more complex – from a young age, children are coming into contact with the internet and a variety of devices which allow them to access it.
“We understand children also face social pressure to connect with their friends online on different, sometimes questionable social platforms, and that it is increasingly difficult for parents to keep up with technological advances and their children’s ever-growing knowledge of it.
“Our research demonstrates parents are naturally concerned their children know more about the internet than them, but there are straightforward steps and easy

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