Online Primer for Parents

Brad M. Griffin | Jun 24, 2010

If you’re a youth worker or parent who stays on top of teen online trends, you won’t find any surprises in this week’s report from McAfee (the virus-protection software folks) about adolescent behavior called “The Secret Online Lives of Teens.” It doesn’t reveal any new “secrets” despite its title.

But if you’re new to the discussion, or know of other parents who could use a quick update, this is an interesting primer about teen online behavior. It is, of course, from a retailer of online products, so the bent is toward safety. The important point is that discussions between parents and kids are encouraged. Consider passing this on to parents and students this week and suggesting dialogue between the two groups—What seems accurate? What seems off-base? What’s under-reported? What can we learn?

PS: McAfee also has a primer for parents on social networking sites

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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