There should be zero parents that don’t know what their kids are doing online. There is no reason not to know. Especially when a monitoring software program like PC Pandora exits…
June 19, 2013
Parents divided on monitoring their kids’ Internet use
Lindsay Friedman, USA Today
Though being a parent has never been easy, the Internet hasn’t made the job any easier. Just how seriously are parents taking their role of monitoring their children’s online behavior?
A new study from the Digital Future Project finds a divide in parental approaches to Internet supervision. Seventy percent of parents say they monitor their child’s online activity while on Facebook and other social media sites, and 46% have password access to their children’s accounts. In contrast, 30% of parents don’t chaperone online interactions because they trust their kids, don’t want to show a lack of trust, don’t know how to use social media sites or don’t have time to.
“The reason we are seeing such a profound struggle is because parents fall in multiple generations,” says pediatrician and parenting expert Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, CEO of PediatricsNow.com, a parenting website. “You’re dealing with so many different types of people and parenting styles.”
The findings come from the Digital Future Project, a long-term study of views and behavior of Internet users, conducted by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and led by director Jeffrey Cole. [READ FULL STORY]