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[FYI] Parents Trust Kids in Cyberspace


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Parents Trust Kids in Cyberspace  

Parents trust their kids' Net use, feel the Net is generally safe, 
and want their children to use the Internet (especially for 
educational activities), says a study sponsored by the National 
School Boards Foundation (NSBF), Children's Television Workshop, and 
Microsoft Corp.  

The study particularly disputes recent reports that the Internet 
negatively influences young users. Contrary to a recent survey of 
adults that concluded the Internet causes many Americans to spend 
less time with their families, the NSBF research indicated that 95% 
of those surveyed say that family interactions have increased or 
stayed the same.  

Other key findings:  

Parents and children report that the Internet does not disrupt 
children's everyday habits and normal, healthy activities. In 
particular, 85% of parents whose children use the Internet say their 
children spend more or the same amount of time reading books. The 
main reason cited by parents for buying home computers and obtaining 
home Internet access is for their children's learning/education 

The study also finds that more girls use the Internet than boys:  

50% of 9- to 12-year-old girls are online, compared with 46% of boys. 
73% of 13- to 17-year-old girls use the Net, compared with 70% of 



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