Parents divided on monitoring their kids’ Internet use

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, 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]

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