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?