The infographic below does a great job showing not only that most of today’s kids have internet access, but also how much internet access they have.
Most of the advice for parents in the graphic is on point, but one recommendation is a little bit outdated – they recommend putting computers in a central location in the house so at least some supervision can happen. That is outdated because, as the research shows, 91% of teens go online from their mobile devices. That advice worked better when each household had only one computer with internet access.
Source: Fix.com Blog
Keeping the family computer in a central location is a good first step, but it is not going to capture a lot of social media activity. Most kids have their own phone with internet access, and most kids have either their own tablet, laptop or desktop. Another point that many parents miss is that almost anything “adults” can do on their computer, a teen can do on a smartphone. And, from the infographic, 67% of teens say that they know how to hide their interest activity from their parents.
We aren’t saying that parents shouldn’t monitor computer activity – they should. Our point is that if parents are only seeing what their teen is doing online while looking over her shoulder, they aren’t getting the whole picture.
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