In this article, you will find:
- Facing the facts
- Putting safety first
Facing the facts
According to the Center for Media Research, most parents in the U.S. estimate that their children spend about two hours a month on the Internet. In reality, kids and teens are spending upwards of 20 hours a month surfing the Web. Additionally, about 41% of U.S. teens claim their parents have no idea what they are looking at online. The study conducted showed that the most popular online activities are online dating (23%), visiting social networking sites (50%), and playing games (72%).
The Norton Online Living report states that 76% of U.S. teens ages 13-17 "constantly" or "frequently" visit social networking sites. When used correctly, social networking sites provide a great online area where children and teens can interact with friends and family members. However, these sites often create the illusion of being a safe haven for sharing personal information and stories with strangers. According to the Norton Online Living report, 4 in 10 teens, ages 13-17, have received an online request for personal information. In addition, 16% of U.S. children have been approached online by a stranger. U.S. adults generally underestimate this number; most believe only about 6% of children are ever approached by a stranger online.