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A guide for parents, putting yourself in your kids’ digital shoes

An AVG Digital Diaries guide for parents - putting yourself in your kids’ shoes

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 parents get a clearer sense of how your teens online behavior might (or might not) match up with your perceptions, Childhood Matters took some of the findings from the latest AVG Digital Diaries study and compared them to recent studies where teens were asked about their digital lives.

Are you smarter than a ten year old? Who knows the most about the internet in your household? You, your partner or maybe your kids? Well, according to the Digital Diaries study by AVG, over 90% of parents feel that they’re savvier than their children - but are they? We went to find out.

Digital Diaries: Is your pre-teen a ‘digital adult’?
Today, we released the next stage of our Digital Diaries research series, which highlights that the majority of  pre-teens are now on mainstream, adult social networks like Facebook and  Twitter.
This time around we surveyed 4000 parents with children aged 10-13.  Those parents admitted that 58% of their kids had access to a  ‘mainstream’ social network
So what are they doing to monitor their children’s behavior on  there?
• 60% are looking at their PCs.
• Two-thirds of parents claim  to know their kids’ passwords.
• 6/10 access their children’s computers  while they are not on them.
However, this still leaves 40% of parents who are not checking their  kids’ behavior at all and how effective is monitoring activity on a PC  anyway. Our fourth Digital Diaries study also shows that kids are  increasingly able to circumvent parental supervision.
Read more http://blogs.avg.com/news-threats/pre-teen-digital-adult-research-digital-diaries-part-suggests/

Digital Diaries: Is your pre-teen a ‘digital adult’?

Today, we released the next stage of our Digital Diaries research series, which highlights that the majority of pre-teens are now on mainstream, adult social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

This time around we surveyed 4000 parents with children aged 10-13. Those parents admitted that 58% of their kids had access to a ‘mainstream’ social network

So what are they doing to monitor their children’s behavior on there?

• 60% are looking at their PCs.

• Two-thirds of parents claim to know their kids’ passwords.

• 6/10 access their children’s computers while they are not on them.

However, this still leaves 40% of parents who are not checking their kids’ behavior at all and how effective is monitoring activity on a PC anyway. Our fourth Digital Diaries study also shows that kids are increasingly able to circumvent parental supervision.

Read more http://blogs.avg.com/news-threats/pre-teen-digital-adult-research-digital-diaries-part-suggests/

Digital Diaries 4 Results Summary

Digital Diaries 4 Results Summary

The last in a series of five podcasts on the latest phase of AVG’s Digital Diaries campaign, which surveyed thousands of parents from all over the world about the role of the internet and technology in the upbringing of their child.

The latest phase looks at the six to nine year old age group and their engagement with what we’ve named the “Digital Playground”. The series is looking at how children at this age start to use the internet as a functional social tool and how it’s changing the way our children develop social relationships.

The podcasts are presented by Rona Renner of the Californian radio show Childhood Matters  and family expert Jason Brand.

This fifth episode is an in depth interview with Tony Anscombe, AVG’s ambassador for free products about all the subjects covered so far in the podcast series. Listen in to here Tony’s views on parental control software and the importance of talking to and learning from your kids about their online activity.

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The fourth in a series of five podcasts on the latest phase of AVG’s Digital Diaries campaign, which surveyed thousands of parents from all over the world about the role of the internet and technology in the upbringing of their child.

The latest phase looks at the six to nine year old age group and their engagement with what we’ve named the “Digital Playground”. The series is looking at how children at this age start to use the internet as a functional social tool and how it’s changing the way our children develop social relationships.

The podcasts are presented by Rona Renner of the Californian radio show Childhood Matters  and family expert Jason Brand.

This fourth episode looks at the role of parental control software and family safety products in keeping your children safe online. It is important to understand that there is no hard and fast rule as to what is suitable for every child. Children grow and develop at their own rate and it’s important to factor this in when deciding about the restrictions you place on their online activity.

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The third in a series of five podcasts on the latest phase of AVG’s Digital Diaries campaign, which surveyed thousands of parents from all over the world about the role of the internet and technology in the upbringing of their child.

The latest phase looks at the six to nine year old age group and their engagement with what we’ve named the “Digital Playground”. The series is looking at how children at this age start to use the internet as a functional social tool and how it’s changing the way our children develop social relationships.

The podcasts are presented by Rona Renner of the Californian radio show Childhood Matters  and family expert Jason Brand.

This third episode looks at communications guidelines for children aged six to nine. Communication is key to protecting your children online both in terms of what type of communication is suitable for your child online but more importantly the way you as a parent communicate with your child about their online activity. It’s important that parents actively engage with their kids and learn what it is they’re looking to get out the internet.

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