Teens, Tweens, Social Media, and Mobile Devices by the Numbers – WHS 140

This week I share a number of interesting facts about kids, parents, and social media. I also answer a listener’s question about learning computer skills online.

Teens, Tweens, Social Media, and Mobile Devices by the Numbers

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“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” —George Washington Carver

Staggering Stats* on Kids and Social Media

70% of teens aged 13 to 17 now use smartphones (Pew Research)
80% of parents say they have no idea how to monitor their kids’ activities online
95% of teens have at least one social network account (Pew Research)

—86% on Facebook
—59% on Twitter
—46% on Instagram
—42% on Pinterest
—38% on Tumblr

85% of kids aged 10 to 12 have Facebook accounts; the minimum age to join is 13
25% of kids spend 5 to 6 hours a day online
62% of parents don’t think their teens can get into serious trouble online
74% of parents say they don’t have time or energy to keep up with their kids online
15 billion Internet connected devices will be in use around the world by 2015

*Note: I will verify these stats and provide sources in the future.

Learning IT Skills Online

Lori asks, “Could you consider doing a talk on the best options for independent learning of computer skills? I’m not keen to sit and teach my kids everything as it would be very time consuming. I would love to use some tutorials. My 11 year-old son is keen to learn anything and knows very little. My 15 year-old daughter is a graphic manipulator junkie, and I’m keen for her to upskill in a general way on Microsoft Office so that she is prepared for modern adult life in a computer world.”

Recommended online resources:
Lynda.com
Kodable.com
Code.org
ITPro.tv
YouTube.com
iTunesU

Speaking Schedule

I will be speaking at CFHE Homeschool Conference on March 13th, 2015 at 5:30 PM EST via Skype. My topic will be one I get a lot of requests for: A Parent’s Guide to Making Friends Social Media.

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