By age 14 your teen will likely have reached ‘digital adulthood.’ This happens wh
en teens are granted moreprivacy and greater access to smart phones, the Internet, and social media sites. Between the ages of 14-17
teenagers put this new technology to use in helping to figure out, and connect to their world. With a “digital
” in hand a teen has a tool that becomes an important part of school life, home life, and social life.
When so much of teen life happens online, it is important you have a realistic picture of what life is like in your
teen’s digital shoes. This latest
round of AVG Technologies Digital Diaries Series highlights areas of concern forparents of teens who are coming of age in a digital culture.To help you get a clearer sense of how your teens online behavior might (or might not) match up with yourperceptions, we have taken some of the findings from this round of research from AVG and compared them torecent studies where teens were asked about their digital lives.
Parents suspected their teens of “sexting” far more than teens reported in a recent stu
Of the 4440 parents surveyed in the AVG Digital Diaries study, 21% of American, 22% of Australian,
and 23% of British parents suspect their kids of “sexting” or sending sexually explicit text messages
A national survey of US 10-to-17-year-olds published in late 2011 in the medical journal Pediatricsfound the number of teens who said that they sent sexually explicit images was actually quite low.
According to the survey abstract, “Two and one
-half percent of youth had appeared in or creatednude or nearly nude pictures or videos. However, this percentage is reduced to 1.0% when thedefinition is restricted to only include images that were sexually explicit (i.e., showed naked breasts,
genitals, or bottoms).”
While some parents report seeing explicit or abusive messages on their teens profiles, the majority of teensreported kind behavior online.
According to the AVG survey 20% of UK and US parents, and over 25% in Australia and New Zealandhave seen explicit or abusive messages on their teens profiles.Pew Internet survey in late 2011 of 799 12-
17 year olds that looked at, “Teens Kindness and Crueltyon Social Network Sites” found that, “the majority of social media
-using teens say their peers aremostly kind to one another on social network sites.