Computers in the Bedroom
A very important e-Safety tip is to place the primary household computer in a common family area. A computer with an Internet connection in a child's bedroom is an open door to a preventable disaster. Yet, nearly one in ten high school students (9%) and one in twenty middle school students (5%) polled by i-SAFE said they are most likely to use the bedroom computer for unsafe, illegal and inappropriate activities on the Internet. Interestingly, about one parent in ten (8%) revealed that their children's primary computer is in their bedroom.
While these figures may not be overwhelming percentages, when considering the number of American kids and teens online (50 million), the figures become rather alarming. These figures suggest that between 2.5 million and 4.6 million youth have their primary computers in their bedrooms. Everyone who uses the World Wide Web is at risk if they are not armed with e-Safety knowledge and awareness. Kids and teens, already notoriously curious and relatively naïve, are even more at risk of victimization if they are left alone to navigate Cyberspace in the comfort of their own bedrooms.
Internet Rules Established by Parents (Student Perspective)
Internet Rules 62%
No Rules 38%
Internet Rules Established by Parents (Parent Perspective)
Internet Rules 88%
No Rules 12%
In regards to the overwhelming number of students who visit social-networking Web sites or use chat rooms, these figures show that millions of kids and teens are at risk of online victimization, and that a substantial number of parents allow their children to use computers in an environment that invites potential predators into their bedroom. This figure is particularly noteworthy when viewing the discrepancy between parent-administered Internet use rules reported by both students and parents. The discrepancy is shown in the pie charts above.
Responses to i-SAFE assessments and surveys indicate a noticeable gap between parents and children's perceptions about Internet use. Also, while 93% of parents feel they know some or a lot about where their children go or what their children do on the Internet, student responses are quite different. 74% of students surveyed do not share what they do or where they go on the Internet with their parents. 25% of all 5-12 graders report never or rarely discussing e-Safety with their parents.
Reprinted with the permission of i-SAFE Inc. © 1998=2008 i-Safe Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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