Parents Divided on Monitoring Their Kids' Internet Use

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Parents Divided on Monitoring Their Kids' Internet Use
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 9:25am

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."

Do you/did you monitor your child's internet usage? Do you know someone who does/doesn't? I do for my son, but not super strictly. I've got add-ons that block things automatically and since he's special needs, there are certain "areas" that I know he wouldn't think of looking/doing.

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My child is not old enough to be on the internet by herself yet but I guarantee I am going to monitor it when the time comes. The majority of people I know will say that they monitor their child's internet, because they know it's the right thing to say, but they really don't. I can't tell you how many times I will say to one of my friends, "did you see what your son/daughter posted on FB yesterday?" only to have them tell me they don't know how that got by them. Yeah, right.

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Registered: 02-08-2011
I do monitor my kids' activity online, to a certain degree. They aren't old enough for Facebook or other social media yet, but when they are, I will be sure to have the passwords and they'll know that I will check from time to time. Trust is one thing, but kids are kids and don't always make the smartest decisions. I think it is our responsibility as their parents to keep an eye on what's happening and to be aware of who they are communicating with online.

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