A new study by McAfee shows that 70 percent of teenagers hide what they’re doing online, and experts say iPads present the biggest electronics challenge for parents today.
“Kids, however, are taking advantage of their parents, according to a study titled “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents,” sponsored by online security company McAfee…”
“Half of teens surveyed said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were watching, and more than 70 percent have done something to hide their online activity…”
So what should parents do?
“Allowing children to have computers in their bedrooms is one of the worst things parents can do, said Mark Peloquin, co-owner of LeadingIT Solutions of Crystal Lake….”
He says parents need to use the parental controls to help prevent access to inappropriate sites, limit time online and monitor online conversations.
He says the biggest challenge now is how to lock down iPads and smartphones.
We definitely have that challenge with the iPad and iPods. While I would never put a computer or TV in their bedrooms, the big kids like to lie in their beds and play on the iPad and watch videos on You Tube. We check in to see what they are watching (usually “Total Drama Island” or Minecraft pardody and how-to video, but you never know. Our biggest issue is they try to sneak those electronics after bedtime. We have to do a bedtime collection of electronics so we know where they all are.
What are your biggest electronic challenges with your kids? Do you think they would change their online habits if you were watching? How do you monitor iPads and iPods and smart phones?