Parents are more worried about internet dangers than their children, a survey says. In response to the rising concern about online risks like data leaks and cyber-bullying, internet security software maker Symantec Hong Kong - which produces anti-virus and anti-spyware products - commissioned the Centre for Youth Research and Practice at the Hong Kong Baptist University to conduct a survey between December 2007 and February 2008. Pollsters questioned 483 youths aged between 13 and 21 and 488 parents about youngsters' online activities and attitudes towards internet security and parents' views on their children's online behaviour and habits. While 93 per cent of parents said they were concerned about cyber-bullying, only 13.5 per cent of the youths surveyed said they were worried. More than 70 per cent of parents worried that their children may be viewing pornographic websites online, with only slightly more than 10 per cent of young respondents expressing concern over finding obscene material on the Net. The survey found that 64 per cent of youngsters spend up to five hours a day online and 94 per cent of them admitted to downloading material from the Web. Most parents have little idea as to what their children are doing on the internet. Ninety-five per cent said they did not know all the sites their children visited and 38 per cent had no idea how often their children downloaded online material. Amy Fan, sales manager for Norton products and solutions with Symantec Hong Kong, spelled out a long list of online dangers which both children and parents should be aware of. 'Leaks of personal information, virus infection and cyber-bullying are online risks that they should pay attention to,' she said. 'In the past, you would only get your computer infected if you opened infected files. Now, all kinds of viruses spread through the Web at a rapid pace and users can come across a virus just by browsing websites.' Parents who allow their children to use their credit cards to make online transactions might find themselves shortchanged. 'Making online purchases is safe if proper precautions such as using encrypted sites and up-to-date internet security software are taken,' said Ms Fan. 'However, parents still need to stay vigilant as 95 per cent of all internet attacks are targeted at home users and now credit card information is being actively sold and traded by fraudsters.'