Parents Seem More Willing To Let Kids Engage With Social Networks

Parents Seem More Willing To Let Kids Engage With Social Networks

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?
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I don't have any kids so I am not worried. Nor do I want children, I just imagine myself having girls and that is not gravy I want on my mashed potatoes.

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but someday you will surely have. http://www.writenwrite.com

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Hmm social media and kids == bullying. I think social media can actually be a good experience for kids and they need not be coddled so much. The biggest thing that kids need to realize is that everything they do can and will be traced back to them and that they are liable for the things they say. Just like their teachers etc. are becoming more and more liable for the things they say and pictures that are posted on these sites.

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Why not just go out and play? 

 

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I'm not opposed to kids using the Internet and social networking sites so long as their parents teach them how to use it responsibly. Parents still need to think about the dangers kids can get into on the Internet and help educate their kids to avoid these things. Unfortunately, I feel like too many parents look the other way and aren't involved enough to know what their kids are doing online.

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