Teenagers tend to use the Internet frequently, but what might not be as well-known is exactly how they access and use it. Do they spend all of their Internet time on social media? Do they use it to make all their purchases?
New research by the Pew Research Center has found answers to such questions as the accompanying infographic shows. Some statistics may be surprising.
It’s hard to keep information about ourselves off of the Internet. Social media and other factors have increased the likelihood that personal photos and information will appear online, even if we don’t want them to. Parents face the double challenge of managing both their own and their children’s online privacy.
The task starts before the children can even log onto a computer. Although they may be too young to share their information and photos on social media, their parents may want to share photos with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures concerning their children’s online privacy.
Social media has been changing how many people communicate, including the way that different generations communicate online. Although members of a family might speak a shared language, they‘re likely to speak differently online – so differently that three identical posts by three family members of different ages could appear to say three different things.
For instance, maybe a teenager has chuckled when grandpa posted something on the teenager’s wall that he meant to post on his own wall. Or maybe an older relative has struggled to decipher the emoji use of a young niece or why she uses “100” so much.
Could this portend a rising demand for skilled multilingual translators of generational speech? Or higher salaries for the savvy who can fluently communicate both grammatically and in ungrammatical social media-ese? Or a return to The Stone Age, where tonal grunts worked just fine? Or simply today’s version of yesterday’s “slang”?
Here are some fanciful general perceptions:
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have exploded in popularity during the past decade among all age groups. Although the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon, the following might come as a surprise: Children are joining their first social media site at increasingly young ages.
According to a recent study from Knowthenet, an online information hub and practical advice resource based in the UK, 59 percent of children have joined an online social network before age 10.
It’s important for parents to be aware of how their children are interacting with social media, but exactly how closely should parents monitor social media sites that their children visit?
Here are some tips for handling this delicate issue:
Do your kids interrupt you when you’re speaking, demand a refill at the dinner table, and need constant attention? You’re not alone. It’s natural for kids to be impatient. As a parent, it’s how you address impatience that can mean the difference between raising a patient, well-adjusted child or an impatient child who grows up to be an impatient adult.