Parenting in the Digital Age
Balancing the Pros and Cons of Kids Connecting Online
Instagram was the most popular social service. All but one used Snapchat. Next came Pinterest, Vine and YouTube. Tumbler and Kik were also popular. Facebook came in last, and was used mainly to communicate with extended families.
Many thought it important to appear more than 18 years old, preferably 21.
Homework is the #1 task for desktop and laptop computer use. YouTube consumption comes in second. For nearly everything else, the girls preferred their mobile devices.
Most have two Instagram accounts. The general rule? The girls use public settings on their fan accounts, but strong privacy settings for their personal accounts.
Parents are generally more tech-savvy these days. Parents (contacted after the panel) were optimistic about social media as preparation for college and adult life.
TIP: Don't fall behind on the latest tech.
TIP: Know where to find your teens online!
TIP: Know how to use parental controls effectively.
TIP: Don't make assumptions...
TIP: Engage in ongoing dialogue.
Infographics from TeenSafe
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Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth.