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Old 11-01-05, 02:10 PM
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Online Kids Take More Risks At Home

http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20051101/tc_cmp/172901966

By Antone Gonsalves
TechWeb.com
Mon Oct 31, 6:22 PM ET

Children are more likely to download illegal software, chat with strangers and engage in other risky Internet activities at home than in school, a study released Monday showed.

More than half of the kids in an online poll said their schools' computer usage rules were more stringent than the rules set at home by parents, the Business Software Alliance in Washington, D.C., said. With less rigid supervision, children at home were more likely to surf inappropriate Web sites, talk to strangers, and download copyrighted software and music without paying for them.

About half of older teenagers, 16 to 18, reported having downloaded software and music while on home computer this year, compared to just more than a third of younger teens, 13 to 15.

More than a third of children in all age groups said they were more likely to use a home computer rather than a school computer to talk with someone they didn't know. About a quarter said they were more likely to divulge personal information on a home computer or go to Web sites they probably shouldn't visit.

"We learned that schools are far more likely than parents to use blocking software and enforce safe online use policies," Diane Smiroldo, vice president of public affairs for BSA, said in a statement. "So, what the kids cannot do at school, they can more easily get away with at home due to less supervision."

Only 15 percent of children in the survey said they were alone when on the Internet at school, compared with 62 percent at home, the survey found.

The poll of 1,556 youth from the ages of 8 to 18 was conducted between Sept. 10 and 14 by Harris Interactive on behalf of the BSA, which represents the commercial software industry.


Very interesting. So the Internet has become the new babysister.

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So people who take risks in one situation are more likely to take them in other situation?
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
So people who take risks in one situation are more likely to take them in other situation?
Did you even read the article?
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Is this really a surprise? I'd say because of liability reasons alone, most if not all schools with internet access should have stringent access requirements and supervision. Otherwise, viruses get downloaded, and parents sue because billy's been exposed to evil pictures. Not to mention the copyright infringement issues and such.

As opposed to most people at home with an internet connection. The guy across the street who can't even figure out how to secure his wireless connection isn't going to be setting up blocks for his kids. Plus, if a kid wants to download something, he isn't going to do it on the school computer, but on his home computer, which he has easier access to, right?
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I'm surprised by the high percentages or maybe I'm not!

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Just reading this article makes me nostaligic. When I was in high school ('97-'01), they put CyberPatrol on all the computers and just turned us loose. Needless to say dozens of gigabytes of disk space were consumed by MP3s and movies (I still remember watching Ninja Scroll for the first time) and 8-16 player Half-Life LAN parties were not uncommon during "research" periods. And that was before we figured out that CyberPatrol was only configured to work with Internet Explorer, and that by downloading Netscape Navigator you could bypass it completely. Good times, good times.

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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Did you even read the article?
No, which is why I asked the question. Too long for no bolding.
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Kids also talk more out loud at home than they do during class. And they go to the bathroom without getting a pass.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
No, which is why I asked the question. Too long for no bolding.

Sorry! I guess I didn't get the memo!

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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
Sorry! I guess I didn't get the memo!
We must bear in mind that if kvrdave wanted to read, he would have stayed in school.
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Scary stuff. We must ban the internet now. To protect the children.
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Better headline:

Online Kids Take More Risks at Home... Online
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
We must bear in mind that if kvrdave wanted to read, he would have stayed in school.
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This doesn't seem all that suprising. Schools are more restricted than homes in almost every way.

Breaking news here, folks.
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Isn't kind of hard to take care of yourself while loooking at porn in the middle of a library?
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
This doesn't seem all that suprising. Schools are more restricted than homes in almost every way.
And the fact that they are at a PC what, one hour a day at school, but have one available many hours a day at home, plus the weekends and summer?

And of course, there are the moron parents that let kids have PCs in their rooms with the door closed.

Oh yeah... You're supposed to trust them.


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