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Protecting children on the internetnn

  1. 1. Protecting Teens on the Internet Gaps & Agreement in Perception Between Parents and Children Presentation to the Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families Conference “The New Generation Gap: Barriers and Breakthroughs” Amanda Lenhart March 16, 2005, College Park, MD
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Pew Internet at the beginning of a multi-stage release of reports on teens 12-17 and the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming: Protection of Youth Online </li></ul><ul><li>Other questions we’re analyzing for future releases </li></ul>
  3. 3. Methodology <ul><li>Interviewed 1100 parent-child pairs via telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Sample pulled from RDD samples </li></ul><ul><li>Lengthy questionnaire covering a variety of topics </li></ul><ul><li>focus groups </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teen Internet Basics <ul><li>87% of teens 12-17 online </li></ul><ul><li>80% of parents online </li></ul><ul><li>66% of all Americans online </li></ul><ul><li>Of 13% who don’t go online, 1 in 10 say that fears, bad experiences, or their parents keep them offline </li></ul><ul><li>Not major reasons </li></ul><ul><li>47% of offline teens once went online </li></ul>
  5. 5. Protecting Teens Online <ul><li>Filtering—54% of families filter </li></ul><ul><li>Public computing location—73% </li></ul><ul><li>House internet rules—64% </li></ul><ul><li>62% of parents….33% of teens say they/their parents check up on teens after they go online </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering up, others stable </li></ul>
  6. 6. Demographic Differences <ul><li>Younger parents & parents of younger teens are more likely to filter/monitor </li></ul><ul><li>African-American and Hispanic parents generally report greater levels of all rules/observational behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Online parents monitor more </li></ul>
  7. 7. Online Behavior: Where Parents and Teens Agree <ul><li>81% of parents and 79% of teens agree that kids are not as careful as they should be about the information they give out online </li></ul><ul><li>62% of parents and 62% of teens agree that kids do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, most parents believe that the internet is a good thing for their children </li></ul>
  8. 8. Forthcoming Research <ul><li>Blogging and content creation </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property, copyright & music online </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phones, IM/texting and wireless internet use </li></ul><ul><li>Teens and the digital divide </li></ul>
  9. 9. Story Ideas <ul><li>Kids as content creators </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messaging is supplanting email </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone as “Swiss Army Knife” </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Media Ecology of Children—Less enslaved to “appointment” media? </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of cut ‘n’ paste learning </li></ul>
  10. 10. Amanda Lenhart Research Specialist [email_address] (202) 419-4514 http://www.pewinternet.org

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