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Click to view video. Understanding the Digital Native. What Parents Should Know about this Wired-From-Birth Generation. About Today's Kids…. 75\% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones

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understanding the digital native
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Understanding the Digital Native

What Parents Should Know about this Wired-From-Birth Generation

about today s kids
About Today's Kids….
  • 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones
  • Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month


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About Today's Kids….
  • 55% of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites
  • Facebook is the most popular Social Networking Site. Twitter is least with only 8% reporting using Twitter

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About Today's Kids….

Student discussions include college or college planning; learning outside of school; news; careers or jobs; politics, ideas, religion, or morals; and schoolwork."

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About Today's Kids….
  • 97% of teens ages 12-17 play computer, web, portable, or console games
  • The five most popular are Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire, and Dance Dance Revolution


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About Today's Kids….
  • One-third of teens age 12-17 and a quarter of tweens age 8-12 watch TV on the internet
  • Youth spend an average of 1500 hours per year watching TV
  • TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes per day


did you know
Did you Know?
  • MP3 devices are used to play MP3 (music) files and are increasingly taking the place of CD’s and radios for teens.
  • One in five Americans over the age of 12 now own portable MP3 Players and one in 20 own more than one.


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Did you Know?
  • Electronic books or Ebooks are a growing trend among teens and adults
  • The sales of Ebooks in the past 3 years have increased over $110 million in the U.S. alone.


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Did you Know?
  • 55% of teens reported using chat rooms online in 2000
  • Only 18% reported using chat rooms is 2006


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Did you Know?
  • Two-thirds of teens never wear a watch, preferring cell phones and other means of keeping track of time
  • Fewer than 10% wear a watch all the time


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Did you Know?
  • 57% of teens create web pages, blogs, videos and other internet content
  • 51% of teens download music
  • 22% of teens have a personal webpage
  • 35% of teens use the internet to research or buy products

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what are the dangers
What are the Dangers?
  • 42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.
  • Surveys show that one in five of our kids will receive sexual advances while online but that less than 25 per cent of them will inform a parent or adult.
  • 89% of all sexual advances towards our children take place in internet chat rooms and through instant messaging



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What are the Dangers?
  • ‘Sexting’(sending nude photos via text message)is increasingly common among teens. 20% of teens said they had sent or posted nude or semi nude photos or videos of themselves.
  • In 2009, 3 teen girls and 3 male classmates in Pennsylvania who participated in ‘sexting’ were charged with child pornography.
  • In 2009, a Florida teen was required to register as a sex offender because of ‘sexting’.


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What are the Dangers?
  • Kids sometimes share too much information with strangers
  • 62% of kids post photos of themselves online, 50% share their real age, 45% the name of their school, and 41% the city where they live. 14% post their cell phone number.
  • between 1995 and 2000, approximately 135 children were abducted or molested as a result of Internet contact


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What are the Dangers?
  • 34% of children ages 10 to 17 were exposed to unwanted sexual material on the Internet
  • A poll from the National Sleep Foundation said teens with four or more electronic items in their bedrooms were twice as likely to fall asleep in school.
  • The risk of becoming depressed was 2.5 times higher among teens who were addicted to the Internet compared with those who weren't according to research from Australia


so how can parents protect kids
So How Can Parents Protect Kids?
  • Get to know the Internet. Get to know the words and terms used to describe what happens online and on the Internet.
  • Do not put the computer in your child’s bedroom or other “hidden” area. Computers should be in an open place where you can see what is going on
  • Talk to your kids about their online habits


teach your kids to
Teach Your Kids to …
  • Never reveal personal information online including groups they may belong to.
  • Never have an online friend that their parents don’t know about.
  • Remember that online friends that they have chatted with for a long time are still strangers. All of the rules about strangers still apply.
  • Never agree to meet somebody they met online in person.


how to really begin to understand your kids
How to Really Begin to Understand your Kids…
  • Join a Social Networking Site they belong to.
  • Text your child daily to ask how they are doing
  • Explore the internet sites they visit
  • Play a video game with your child
  • Ask your child questions about technology
for more info
For More Info…
  • www.4parents.gov
  • www.onguardonline.gov
  • Lampasas Middle School

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Created by S. Petrey 1/4/2011