The Internet has turn out to be an indispensable aspect of everyday living for most individuals in the contemporary planet, and kids are not excluded. Due to the fact of the ubiquitous availability of Internet obtain, in universities and libraries, kids are progressively becoming concerned in this new technology . As of December 2003, 23 million kids in the United States ages 6 to seventeen have Internet obtain at household, which is a threefold enhance because 2000 ). In accordance to a study executed by the Corporation for Community Broadcasting in July 2002, 78% of relatives homes with kids have Internet obtain at household. A study by Yahoo and Carat showed that kids ages 12 to seventeen applied the Internet an average of 16.7 several hours for each week in 2003 ). Given this considerable usage, the Internet has the potential to be a incredibly effective socialization agent.
The Internet has a double-edged sword attribute for kids: delivering quite a few prospects for learning while exposing kids to potentially destructive articles . The Internet not only offers substantial positive aspects for kids, these as research obtain, socialization, amusement, and a conversation tool with households, but it also connotes destructive factors these as violence, pornography, dislike web pages, isolation, predators, and commercialism. The Web web pages regarded harmful include all those committed to destructive articles these as pornography, violent on the web games, on the web gambling, and so forth. For case in point, quite a few kids can conveniently obtain pornographic articles on the Internet. They can also be accidentally exposed to numerous obscene pop-up banner ads and considerable pornographic articles when they style seemingly innocent vital words and phrases into a look for motor, for case in point, the name of a singer these as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, or Madonna . In accordance to Finkelhor et al., 25% of the respondents (n = one,501, ages ten-seventeen) described receiving unwanted exposure to sexual materials when on the web, and 19% received a sexual solicitation on the web.
In spite of the potential destructive results on kids applying the Internet, more than thirty% of surveyed dad and mom had not mentioned the draw back of Internet use with their kids , and sixty two% of dad and mom of adolescents did not comprehend that their kids had frequented inappropriate Web web pages . Recognizing the ever-critical destructive factors of kids applying the Internet and parents’ doable underestimation of, or ignorance about, their kid’s Internet usage and its results, this study explores the degree of kid’s exposure to destructive Internet articles and detects the doable discrepancy amongst what dad and mom think their kids are undertaking on the web and their kid’s true routines. In undertaking so, this study thoroughly dissects the doable leads to and outcomes of perceived parental command around kid’s Internet usage. Concerned that inappropriate Internet articles may well jeopardize the wellness or basic safety of kids, the present study is a crucial try that aims to handle the adhering to research inquires with regard to kid’s Internet usage: (a) to understand the degree to which kids are exposed to destructive Internet articles, (b) to detect a doable discrepancy amongst parents’ notion and kid’s true exposure to destructive Internet articles, (c) to look at numerous antecedents detailing perceived parental command around kid’s Internet usage, and (d) to propose numerous means to minimize kid’s exposure to destructive Internet articles.