Teens and their parents 1 often have similar technology profiles in the gadgets they use and the frequency with which they use them. But teens are notably more likely than their parents to say that the internet and related technology has made their own lives easier. At the same time, there has not been a corresponding increase in the percentage of parents who think the internet has been a bad thing for their children. Instead, more parents are neutral about whether their children have been positively affected by the internet, saying the internet has not had an effect on their child one way or another. In most families, internet use is a subject of family rule-making and discussion. The content of web material, more than the time spent online, galvanizes the most parental intervention. These findings are based on a survey of parents and the youth in their families ages 12 to
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On April 26, , a year-old named Antonio Garza sat in front of her mirror in her bedroom in Austin, Tex. Throughout, she flicked across her face dozens of makeup brushes and powders, creating cut-creases on her eyelids and contours on her cheekbones and nose, then applying fake eyelashes fluffy as kittens. Forty-five minutes later, tender, glittering and shellacked in cosmetics, she was ready for school. This article is part of a special issue of The New York Times Magazine about the future of the internet. A year earlier, in eighth grade, Antonio spent most of her time playing oboe and Fortnite, hanging out alone in her room and making mistakes with her eyebrows. This sounds as if it would be lame, and it was, in fact, lame. But being a depressed kid alone in your room is not what it used to be.
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Children aged years often have their own devices, which they use to go online by themselves. They use digital media and the internet for doing schoolwork and homework, playing games, listening to or downloading music, and general browsing. Content risks These risks include coming across material that some pre-teens might find upsetting, disgusting or otherwise uncomfortable, especially if they see it accidentally.
Teens are an important part of the YouTube community. Note that you must meet the minimum age requirements in your country to set up a Google account. If you're a teacher or parent, see our parent resources and educator resources.