New Pew Internet Data on Parents and Internet Use

  • October 24, 2007

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Parents are engaged with their children's media consumption, but have less positive views of the internet today than they did in 2004.  A new data memo issued by the Pew Internet and American Life Project based on a telephone survey in October-November 2006 found that 59% of parents think the internet has been a good thing for their children, down from 67% in 2004.

The majority of parents check up on their teens' internet use-65% say that they check to see what websites their teenagers visit.  An even larger percentage of parents have rules about media consumption; 77% of parents have some sort of rule about what their regulated their teenage children's media use.

The majority of parents also say that digital technology makes their lives easier, but their children are even more positive about the benefits of digital devices.  88% of teens report that information and communication devices make their lives easier, compared with 69% of their parents.

Read the full report at the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.