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41 Percent of Teens Say their Parents have “No Clue” what They’re Doing Online
February 13, 2008 by Elisabeth Wilkins, EP Editor
Do you know how much time your teen-ager spends online? Or how many “friends” they’ve made through social networking sites? The Norton Global Online Living Report came out today, and according to the study, 41 percent of teens said their moms and dads “had no clue” what their kids were doing online.
Perhaps most shocking—42 percent of U.S. teens have received requests for personal information from people they’ve met online. 16 percent have been approached by strangers online, (even though when adults were asked, they guessed that only 6 percent of children had been contacted by strangers.) Finally, only about a third of parents set parental controls over computer time and/or monitor their kids’ online behavior. And we wonder why problems have started to crop up…
Now it’s your turn. Do you have parental controls in place? Have you talked to your kids about Internet safety? Sound off below.
(And be sure to check out the article “What Your Kids are Really Doing Online” in EmpoweringParents.com with tips on how to talk to your kids about the online world–and how to keep your child safe.)