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From time to time I do speeches to parents here in the community with regards to online safety for the kids and the teens. Being a parent as well, I have a natural interest in this theme, knowing that I probably have better insights in some of the challenges than most other parents.
Therefore I am always interested reading studies on this and I just found that one: The Secret Online Lives of Teens – a very interesting survey by McAfee. For me, there are a few take-away:
So, a lot of things to worry about but in my opinion, there is not too much difference between raising a kids in the real world and raising it online. The biggest difference is that the kids most likely know more about these technologies than the parents. To learn what you could/should do, there is a website you could look into: Online Safety and Privacy Education. In there you find everything about How to Protect Your Family, how to Protect Yourself and how to Protect Your Computer.