Sometimes as parents we need a little pat on the back and confirmation we’re doing something right. Well, the Teens, Tweens & Technology 2015 research does just that.
Now in its third year, the Teens, Tweens & Technology research provides a gauge on the behaviour and opinions of young Australians and their online lives. This year, the research was extended to include parental options as well as our Aussie youth and tweens’ thoughts and aspirations for future digital higher education and potential employment avenues.
So, first the good news from the 2015 study: the research shows parents are embracing the importance of their role in cyber-educating their offspring.
Well done parents! These great achievements show that as parents, we are on the right course. The conversations that we are having with our kids about their digital lives are paying dividends.
When it comes to cyberbullying, the 2015 results also show some encouraging improvement over previous years. 53% of teens and tweens said they had witnessed cyberbullying (81% in 2014) with 16% saying they had experienced it personally (39% in 2014).
But before you crack open the champagne bottle, the 2015 research did also show that there is still work to be done. But really – when does a parent stop being a parent? Never! Here are the areas we need to focus our attention:
So whilst there is good news, there is still clearly work to be done. I believe it is essential that parents remain vigilant and invested in their children’s online lives. An open and truly communicative relationship between child and parents is the absolute number one best way of helping your kids stay safe online.
To learn about what family activities that you could do at home around cyber safety, have a look at our bCyberwise module.