Since we have a parent block program on our computer - and my kids are not yet teens, we really don't need this information - yet. However, I do find this information extremely interesting. This is such an important list for parents. Top 10 Ways Teens Get Around Parental Monitoring.
Below are the top 10.
- Clearing the browser history (53%)
- Closing/minimizing browser windows when parent walked in (46%)
- Hiding or deleting IMs or videos (34%)
- Lying or omitting details about online activities (23%)
- Using a computer your parents don’t check (23%)
- Using an Internet-enabled mobile device (21%)
- Using privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)
- Using private browsing modes (20%)
- Creating private email address unknown to parents (15%)
- Creating duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)
I cannot stress how important it is for parents to understand the technology of our kids. It is not going away. Their technology can be an amazing experience - but it can also be damaging, if we don't pay attention.
But of course, whenever I see a list like the list aboive, I want to know more.
What can I do as a parent to be more proactive in my kids online experiences?
The video below was compiled by a group of parents who work for Google. I've highlighted the key points that made the most sense to me:
- Talk to your kids. Make sure they understand your concerns.
- Realize that your kids are ahead of you and they are probably using it in ways that are different than you do. See the list above!
- Use Google Safe Search
- Be aware of the parent software out there. Some that I know of are: AGV Family Safety, McAfee Family Protection, and Net Nanny.
- Keep your computers in a main area of the house, so you can see what they are doing.
- Be your child's Facebook and Twitter friend. Make this a rule. I can't imagine letting my kids on sites like this without knowing what they are doing.
- And again, pay attention!