A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of the places to access advice on helping kids (and/or yourselves) with regard to being online.
Last week, the ACMA blog published the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research, providing the latest findings around how Aussie teens are using the internet.
Whether or not the findings surprise you will be determined by how engaged you are in this space, but one of the key findings that jumped out at me was with regard to where kids are accessing the net.
It seems that kids are moving away from accessing the net at home, and opting for public wireless hotspots, which means that whilst it’s still important – of course – for us to be mindful of the home network, technology in bedrooms and the like, it’s becoming even more apparent – if it wasn’t already – that firewalls, checking kids’ browsing history, and being friends with them on Instagram is only a very small part in the whole digital citizenship debate.
And whilst some lament the fact that kids seem glued to their technology, it appears that we are all starting to spend more time online. In fact the data suggests that teenagers only make up 7% of Australians who access social media!
Having said that, the report also makes clear it didn’t take into account access via apps – which I’d contend is the primary way kids use social media.
This in itself serves to highlight that the old adage of having the computer in a common area in the house might have been sage advice 10 years ago, is becoming as outdated as the first iPad! Sure it does a job, but it’s not what people expect or in some cases need in today’s world.
Why not have a look at what I wrote a couple of weeks back for some places to start.