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The Conference Board has just released some new stats about children,
parents, and Internet usage. They might be of interest to you and
those you work with.


Key Points:
+ "Concerned about child predators and vast amounts of questionable
content on the Internet, more than 95 percent of America’s parents
say they monitor their children’s online activities..."

+ "From the first grade on, however, activities broaden and the
Internet becomes both an entertainer and an educator. Among kids
aged 6-12, close to three-quarters log on to complete school
assignments, but an even greater proportion log on for fun. By the
time they are teenagers, school-related surfing has become the top
Internet activity, though the pursuit of fun remains high on the
list. For teenagers, communication also plays an important role.
Three out of every four communicate via email and about 63 percent
via instant messaging. In addition, music is also very important and
downloading music is significantly more prevalent among teenagers
than younger children."

Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

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