As the stereotypical millennial that I am, I have fond memories of the first chat rooms that I ever finagled my way into as a 12 yr old, my ICQ escapades and *gasp* actually using a hotmail email address that I shared with my older brother at the time. As the time, there was no true internet monitoring equipment (ala Net Nanny), and I would venture a bet to say that my parents didn’t know the half of what or where I was exploring in the depths of the internet.
Many years later, it’s interesting that, while many parents are aware of the potential dangers of the internet, not nearly enough of them are savvy enough to keep up with the ins-and-outs of their kid’s internet browsing habits.
This post is linked to an informative article with a few surprising stats that you might be interested in…. check it out:
- 22% of 12-15 year olds who use the internet at home would happily share their email address online
- 87% of 12-15 year olds claim they only make their social networking profiles open to friends, however 32% of this group admit to speaking to friends of people they don’t know
- 41% of adult internet users actually believe that the content of the internet is regulated
You’ll uncover many more interesting data points when you read the article, but, it just goes to so you (*in my best PBS commercial voice*) the more you know, the more you grow. Educate yourself, or at least know what the heck your kids are doing online….