A poll held by the Girls’ Schools Association, an association representing fee-paying schools, involved surveying 180 members on fathers’ roles in their daughters’ education.
One trend which emerged from the poll showed that fathers are becoming increasingly protective of their daughters because they fear the influence of social networking sites. Dads are said to feel less in control because of such social media as Facebook and Twitter leading to concerns about online child protection.
At the same time, parental controls may be part of a new set of tools to be made available to parents who want to allow children under 13 to access Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, believes that greater access to under 13s has a huge potential for educational opportunity.