Friday, August 24, 2012

New Report Finds That Parents Approve of Social Media Use By Kids

Given all the writing on social media for kids (including ours), we found the following interesting: a new report released today by Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, finds that 83% of parents think the benefits of their kids’ social media use, including sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, balance or outweigh perceived risks. The report is titled "Healthy Perspectives: Parents, Kids and Social Media" and also finds that 72% of parents agree that their child’s participation in social networking is good preparation for future work success in a world increasingly dependent on technology.

Here are some other interesting tidbits from the report:
  • 68% of parents believe a child should be 13 or older to join Facebook
  • 64% of parents with children ages 12 or younger indicate they are concerned about sexting or inappropriate sexual behavior as a result of social media, while fewer than half (49%) of parents of children between the ages of 13 and 19 are concerned about the issue.
  • 72% of parents said it would help prepare them for life in a digital world. 
  • 59% said it would help them learn through collaboration and exchange of ideas. 
  • 57% said it would encourage them to be more curious, aware and open-minded.
  • 55% said they think it is an effective teaching tool.
  • A somewhat smaller number, 46%, said they believe it fosters individual identity and social skills.
The full report can be found here.

If you liked this post, you can subscribe to this blog by clicking here. You can also get up-to-the-minute updates on tween lifestyle by following us on Twitter and on Facebook. Follow Me on Pinterest

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...