ERIC Number: ED448874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
The Internet and the Family, 2000: The View from Parents, the View from Kids. Report Series No. 33.
Turow, Joseph; Nir, Lilach
Noting that 48 percent of American households with children ages 8 to 17 years connect to the Internet, this study compared children's and parents' attitudes regarding the use of the Internet, focusing on the above population. Participating in telephone interviews was a nationwide cross section of 1,001 parents of children ages 8 to 17 in homes with Internet connections, and 304 children ages 10 to 17 years (half selected from the same households as the above parents). Findings revealed that parents and children were of different minds regarding giving personal information to Web sites. Ten- to 17-year-olds were much more likely than parents to say it was alright to give sensitive personal and family information to commercial Web sites in exchange for free gifts. Almost half of parents were not aware that Web sites gathered information on users without users' awareness. Sixty-one percent of parents said they were more concerned about 13- to 17-year-olds than they were about younger children revealing sensitive information to marketers. Although 69 percent of parents and 66 percent of children said that they have had discussions about what kind of information to reveal to Web sites, 41 percent of parents and 36 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds reported incidents of disagreement, worry, or anger over children's release of information on the Web. A small portion of parents believed in the Web's power to help their children grow. Parents were evenly divided on whether the Web would powerfully harm young minds. (KB)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Children, Computers, Conflict, Disclosure, Family Communication, Family (Sociological Unit), Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals), World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Note: Assistance to this project provided by Rebecca Dudley and Cindy Gold.