Special to HarpBlaster.com News Wire
ATLANTA, July 14 — Cox Communications, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh are presenting original research on the behavior of young people online.
Together, the organizations are working to help parents and guardians understand the potential dangers of the Internet and how they can help keep their kids safer online. This year, the study and discussion extends to the “tween” population, children between the ages of eight and twelve years-old.
Today, the organizations released a fraction of the research findings, some of which were encouraging:
— Seventy-three percent of tweens report that Mom and Dad have talked to them “a lot” about Internet safety
— Ninety-six percent of tweens tell Mom and Dad about at least some of what they do online; seventy-nine percent tell parents everything
— Of tweens who tell someone when they receive online messages from unknown senders, the vast majority reach out to Mom (ninety-one percent)
— Ninety percent of tweens are online by age nine
“It’s really great to see that so many parents are making it a priority to talk to their children about their use of the Internet,” said John Walsh. “However, the research also tells us that there’s a drop-off in the likelihood of young people to continue to speak openly with their parents and guardians about their Internet use as they mature. This is of particular concern since tweens often communicate with anonymous contacts with whom they interact while online. The tween summit in Washington, D.C. on July 22nd will be a great opportunity for me and Lauren Nelson to discuss this important issue with all of the participants – and the media,” he said.
Complete findings from the Cox Tween Internet Safety Survey will be made available at a press briefing on July 22nd, when Cox, NCMEC, Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted,” and Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007, convene for the third annual Cox Communications National Summit on Internet Safety.
At the summit, Walsh and Nelson will lead tween and teen participants in a discussion of Internet safety and ways parents, guardians and teen mentors can help children be safer online. Full results from the research and the discussion at the summit will be presented immediately following the summit, and the tweens will deliver the news directly to Capitol Hill in meetings with members of Congress on July 23rd.