The Deseret News has published a great article “Do you really know what your children view online?” Here are some key points from the article:

  • 32% of teens said they had deliberately accessed pornography and only 12% of parents are aware of it.
  • 48% of teens look up assignments and test answers online.
  • 62% of teens have seen cruel behavior online.
  • Although 82% of parents said they know what their tweens do online, 44% of the kids said they have looked at things that their parents would not have approved of and 34% said they’ve lied to their parents about their online activity.
  • More than 40% of teens have received a personal message from a stranger online and 12% then actually met that person in real life.
  • 1 in 8 has been bullied online.

Teens report that they spend about 5 hours a day online–about double what their parents think they spend. This is a significant influence that parents need to be aware of.

Please spend some time talking with your children about their online activities. Create a supportive environment where you can openly discuss what is available online–both good and bad–and help them understand how to deal with it.

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