Pew Survey: Parents Concerned About Kids Online
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2012 Nov 21
Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others. Some parents are taking steps to observe, discuss and check up on their children’s digital footprints, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
The survey showed:
• 81 percent of parents of online teens say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can learn about their child’s online behavior, with some 46 percent being “very” concerned.
• 72 percent of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know, with some 53 percent of parents being “very” concerned.
• 69 percent of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child’s online activity might affect their future academic or employment opportunities, with some 44 percent being “very” concerned about that.
• 69 percent of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online, with some 49 percent being “very” concerned about that.
• Some of these expressions of concern are particularly acute for the parents of younger teens; 63 percent of parents of teens ages 12-13 say they are “very” concerned about their child’s interactions with people they do not know online and 57 percent say they are “very” concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online.
Source: Pew Internet