Research released by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) explores the online generation gap between parents and teens and reveals a number of disparities in their views about online safety. Among the 511 teens and 500 parents who were polled in the online survey, there were major discrepancies regarding perceptions of what teens do online, whether teens and parents have had conversations about online safety, and how much parents monitor teens’ online activity. The survey also yielded positive findings, including that the majority of teens are demonstrating smart online behaviors. FOSI, a MacArthur grantee, asserts that significant advancements can and should be made to improve communications between parents and teens about online behavior. 

Digital Media & Learning, Technology, United States, Youth