Kids, Parents, Internet.
Kathryn Montgomery, the author of “Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce and Childhood in the Age of the Internet” and mother of a 14-year-old.
“As parents, we have to figure out where to draw the line between encouraging and allowing our teens to have autonomy, to experience their separate culture, and when we need to monitor their use of media,” says Montgomery, a professor of communication at .
She says it’s especially important to help young people understand that social networking is often more public than they think. Sometimes monitoring them is the best way to do that.
Sue Frownfelter, a 46-year-old mom in., thinks it’s less of an issue for parents who discover technology with — or even before — their children. Among other things, she has a blog, uses and has a Chumby, a personal Internet device that displays anything from news and weather to photos and auctions.
Her children, ages 9 and 11, begged her to allow them to have a page, because she does. Instead, she suggested Imbee.com, a social networking site for kids that allows parental monitoring.
“I can’t imagine my life without technology! It has truly become an extension of who I am and who my family will likely be,” says Frownfelter, who works at a community college.
Still, in today’s world, parents are finding that the urge to stake out technological turf is starting at a very young age.
“She’s constantly telling us ‘I will do it!’ and ‘Go away!’ if we try to interfere with her ‘working,'” Abelson says.
“It’s pretty amazing to see technology ingrained at such a young age. But I know she’s learned so much from being able to use technology on her own.”
In honor of tonights Frontline special about teens, kids, parents, and the internet– here’s a cute section from a Yahoo! article I stumbled on today.
It’s not really saying anything new about online safety– but the difference from similar articles popping up a year ago is this:
Parents are getting involved.
I LOVE the fact this mother says her kids begged for Myspace, and she was smart enough to give them Imbee (which is FANTASTIC, BY THE WAY… I’ll be updating ya’ll on improvements to Imbee soon).
Now if ONLY adults would do this with youtube– the current bane of my existence. But le sigh, perhaps soon….. soooooon.
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