Fact or Fiction? Test Your Knowledge of Kids and Technology
Today’s youth are a generation of “screenagers” as technology rules many of their activities and relationships. How well do you understand what’s fact or fiction when it comes to kids and technology? Keep reading and test your knowledge.
Fact or Fiction: Kids today watch less television as they plug into newer forms of media.
Answer: Fiction. Kids today are masters of multi-tasking. They still spend a lot of time in front of the television, which accounts for more than half of their electronic media exposure. A typical teen watches TV while sending text messages and networking with friends on Facebook.
Parent tip: If you’re concerned that your child’s TV viewing is distracting him from doing homework on his computer or interacting carefully online, set limits that prevent him from doing too many things at once.
Fact or Fiction: Most parents trust industry ratings to figure out how appropriate the content of movies, music, and video games is for their kids.
Answer: Fiction. Studies and surveys show that most parents find industry ratings for movies and other media aren’t very useful. Ratings tend to be inconsistent, too lenient, and/or hard to understand.
Parent Tip: Don’t rely on ratings alone. Preview the games, music, or movies your child wants, search for lyrics online, ask other parents to weigh in, or consult online reviews written by other parents.
Fact or Fiction: Even though your teen may be more tech-savvy than you are, you’re well-qualified to teach her about Internet safety.
Answer: Fact. Kids don't have all the answers when it comes to technology. They may know more about using a computer, cell phone, or social networking site, but you have life experience and hard-earned wisdom. Adults know, for example, that things (and people) aren't always what they appear to be – a perspective that’s key to operating safely in cyberspace. And, while kids can be clueless or careless about how their online activity might affect their reputations, most adults think about the long-term impact of youthful indiscretion.
Parent Tip: To get your point across to your child, try using real-life examples and news stories to support the advice you offer.
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