Report: Kids Are Getting Mature Faster Because Of Technology
Are you a 90’s kid? Are you proud of your childhood? I, being a 90’s kid, am. But at the same time, I wonder what has gotten into today’s kids. They are growing so fast, they are doing things that we did in our late teen years. A 5-year-old kid can download an app from Play Store and play Candy Crush too, Merlin’s beard!
A survey conducted by security firm BullGuard revealed that Google, gadgets and social sites are making today’s children mature much faster. The survey asked more than 2,000 parents who had children aged between 8 and 12 about their children’s habits and behavior.
Majority of the parents who participated in the survey admitted that their children are growing too fast as compared to previous generations, and almost 77 percent of the parents blamed the web. Majority of the parents also revealed that their children aged under 12 browse the web unsupervised.
50 percent of the parents said that they let their children browse the web unsupervised and download apps at the age of 10, and that they feel pressured to buy their children the latest gadgets such as tablets or smartphones. Also, 50 percent didn’t have a problem with their child having a Facebook account at the age of 12.
The parents also revealed some of the luxuries their children are enjoying at the age of 10. These included getting an iPad, owning a mobile phone, choosing their own clothes, making their own breakfast, piercing their ears, and having TV in their bedroom.
However, catching a bus alone, being allowed to wear make-up and getting an email account comes at more mature age of 11. Why is that? Maybe because parents are not aware of the safety concerns they need to consider while allowing their children use internet.
“All parents will question whether their children are ready to attend a sleepover or catch a bus, but in today’s digital age the use of different types of technology is also something to consider,” said Nedko Ivanov, BullGuard’s chief executive.
Another aspect revealed by the survey is that 40 percent of the parents find it annoying that celebrities and friends have more influence on their children than they do.
Today’s parents need to educate themselves about online safety concerns. Letting their kids browse Internet unsupervised is same as letting them wander in the streets where every type of activity is being performed. There are some interesting apps like Kudoso that let parents “reward” Internet time to their children.
Moreover, there is also a need of some standard organization that decides the PG rating of every website online. This will help web developers and content filtering systems in filtering out the websites that a 10-year-old shouldn’t see.