Net Savvy Teens Filtered by Parents

Posted on March 17, 2005

While teens are generally much more net savvy then their parents. However, they are increasingly filtered by their parents who want to restrict their kids from adult-oriented websites. 54% of parents now use internet filters or monitoring software on their teenage children according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project study. That a jump of 65% since 2000. The filters tend to be used by parents who themselves are frequent users of the internet and who have middle-school-age children. Parents who have older children and who are less tech-savvy are less likely to use filters. Big majorities of both teens and parents believe that teens do things on the internet that their parents would not approve of. 81% of parents of online teens say that teens aren’t careful enough when giving out information about themselves online and 79% of online teens agree with this. 65% of all parents and 64% of all teens say that teens do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about.

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