Mersin Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, vol.9, no.1, pp.225-236, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Nowadays, safe and conscious awareness of parents’ in using Internet and social networking sites to guide their children is important. For this purpose, Families in the Information Society (FIS) seminars were hold for the parents whose children are primary school students in order to raise the awareness of parents. This study aims to describe the perceptions and knowledge levels of parents, who attended the FIS seminars, towards computer, Internet and social networking sites. The sample of the study included 40 parents whose children are students at primary schools in different regions of Ankara. In order to describe parents’ perceptions and knowledge levels related to their children’s usage of Internet and social networking sites, data were collected through a survey before the seminars and analyzed with descriptive analysis method. The results of the study showed that, although parents are interested in guiding their children computer and Internet usage, their knowledge and awareness are not sufficient. The findings support the studies in the literature that there is a need to inform and raise the awareness of parents about conscious and efficient Internet and social networking sites.