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An AVG Digital Diaries guide for parents - putting yourself in your childrens' shoes

An AVG Digital Diaries guide for parents - putting yourself in your childrens' shoes

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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.

To help you get a clearer sense of how your teens online behavior might (or might not) match up with your perceptions, we have taken some of the findings from this round of research from The AVG Digital Diaries study and compared them to recent studies where teens were asked about their digital lives.
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.

To help you get a clearer sense of how your teens online behavior might (or might not) match up with your perceptions, we have taken some of the findings from this round of research from The AVG Digital Diaries study and compared them to recent studies where teens were asked about their digital lives.

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AVG Technologies Digital Diaries: Research, Results, andReflections for Parents Of Children Ages 14-17
 
By Jason Brand, LCSW and Rona Renner, RN
 
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Introduction
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
assistant
” 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
dy.
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.
 
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 A large number of parents reported secretly accessing their teen’s Facebook account while teens reported that 
their parents were an important resource in helping them understand their online behavior 
In the AVG study, a majority of parents in the USA (61%), Spain (61%), Italy (54%) and Canada (54%)
admit to secretly accessing their teen’s Facebook account without them knowing.
 
In the Pew Study cited above, “58% of teen int
ernet and cell phone users say their parents havebeen the biggest influence on what they think is appropriate or inappropriate when using the
internet or a cell phone.”
The Pew Study cited above also points out that kids know their parents are monitoring theirFacebook page. According to the study, 61% of teens report that their parent has checked theirsocial network site.
The Bottom Line
We are still getting used to what it means to relate online. There is plenty to be concerned aboutwhen it comes to teens who are coming of age in a digital culture. It is, however, important not tolet fear cause you to lose sight of your actual teen. Use the information from these surveys to havea conversation with your teen about the ups and downs of being a family in the digital age. Listenclosely when your teen describes what he or she is actually up to online and keep in mind that teenswant to learn from and be influenced by their parents. Continue to assess your approach togathering information and maintaining a good relationship with your teen. 

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