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Most US parents monitor kids' online activity

Staff writer |
Nearly half of children 6 to 17 are owners of a computer, mobile phone, tablet or an MP3 player with Wi-Fi capability, according to an October 2014 Family Online Safety Institute survey.

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Those who do not personally own a device likely still have access to the internet. Nearly all of the parents surveyed said there is a desktop or laptop computer in the household.

Parents of younger children are significantly more likely to monitor their children's online activities very closely. Nearly seven in 10 parents of 6- to 9-year-olds keep a close eye on what their kids are doing online, compared with 41% of parents with 14- to 17-year-olds.

Parents largely deem offline activities less harmful to their children than online activities. Only 14% of parents said offline apps and mobile/video games were more harmful than beneficial to their kids.

When it came to social media accounts, however, 43% of parents said their child having one could only bring more harm than good.


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