Parents Divided on Monitoring Their Kids' Internet Use
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|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 PediatricsNow.com, 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.