Here’s something to think about: Out of 1,001 parents polled, 42% of them leave their kids alone to go online over three hours a day. HP recently commissioned a study from Wakefield Research looking into some of the major concerns for parents of today’s tech-minded kids. This study – and the fact that the back-to-school season is now upon us – was the inspiration for another Microsoft-HP #WinChat this past Tuesday.
Now, mind you, the survey group included kids ranging from 6-17, but there were some results that were kind of telling….
On average, computers become a significant part of homework when a child is 10 years old
Most children ages 6-17 are spending 3 hours daily with devices that have internet access, including PCs
Over a quarter (28%) of parents would trust their child with their credit card at the mall more than they would trust their child home alone on the computer
More than one-third (35%) of parents think their children on an unsupervised computer has a bigger potential for danger than being at a friend’s house parent-free
66% of parents do not use parental control software
67% of parents do not block websites on their child’s computer
So, where I grew up in front of a TV as a child of the 70s, are the new baby-sitters your laptops, tablets and touch-screen computers? And if so, is it a better thing? Well, the quick takeaway from the talk is that tech can be a great interactive and educational tool if used properly – and parents are willing to take the time to monitor activity in smart, respectful ways.
Here are couple bits of the conversation that I spotted during this Tuesday’s lunchtime tweetfest.