How other parents are talking to teens about online behaviour and safety:
A recent study by the Pew Research Center asked parents how often they talk with their teen about appropriate and inappropriate online behaviour – from what they view online, what they share online to how they treat others.
Here are some stats about what other parents are approaching the topic.
Almost all parents in the study– 98% – have spoken at least once to their teen about what is appropriate or inappropriate conduct at home, at school and in their social lives. Over half (56%) have these conversations frequently.
When it comes to online behaviour specifically:
- 94% of parents talk with their teen about what they should share online
- 92% talk with their teen about appropriate online behaviour towards others
How often do parents discuss different issues?
- 40% of parents frequently communicate with their teen about what they should share online
- 39% frequently discuss what their teen views online
- 36% frequently discuss appropriate music, magazines, TV, books or other media
- 36% frequently talk with their teen about the way they behave towards others online
Who is doing the talking?
Although mothers and fathers report take similar steps in monitoring their teen’s digital behaviour, it’s moms who tend to have more frequent conversations outlining appropriate behaviour, both in the ‘real’ world and in the digital world.
- 63% of mothers frequently talk with their teen about appropriate behaviour in their teen’s life
- 48% of fathers frequently have similar discussions
It’s also interesting to note that it’s generally parents of younger teens (13-14) who are more likely than parents of older teens (16-17) to speak to their teen about appropriate behaviour about online and media content.
- 49% of parents of younger teens frequently talk about what types of online content are acceptable
- 32% of parents of older teenagers teens frequently talk about what types of online content are acceptable
Although these figures may provide you with some guidance, remember that all teen/ parent relationships are different, and you may have your own way of doing things.