Is your mom telling you what you can and can't look at on the Internet?
Do you have Web surfing restrictions? Back in the day, these
restrictions were seemingly everywhere, and the media made it a priority
to inform parents about the kinds of trouble their kids could get into online
. Now, that has died down somewhat, and despite age restrictions
attached to a number of Websites, a new survey found that more kids are
using them than ever before.
According to the findings, the amount of U.S. parents who would allow
kids ages 10-12 years old to have a MySpace or Facebook account has
"doubled" in the span of just a year. 17% of parents in the U.S. that
were questioned said that they had no problem "with a pre-teen child
using a social media site," which is up from 8% a year ago. The poll
also confirms that 11% of parents are using social media sites on behalf
of a young child or infant. Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project
surveyed 1,000 adults in the U.S. in order to get the results.
Janet Taylor, the clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia
University at Hospital in New York, had this to say: "More and more
parents are allowing their children to have a Facebook
account or to have more online activity at younger and younger ages.
It's not alarming. I think it means we need to be aware of what is going
on and how to best utilize social media."
What's your take? Are you okay with your kids using social media? Have your opinions changed over the years?