How Parents Feel About—and Manage—Their Teens’ Online Behavior and Screen Time

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Smartphones and social media are now an almost universal feature of teenage life in the U.S. More than 9-in-10 U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 say they have access to a smartphone or use social media, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. But this increased connectivity can come with challenges for teens—as well as their parents. As part of Pew’s research into Americans’ digital lives, the Center also surveyed over 1,000 parents of teens to better understand their experiences with raising teens in the digital age.

The survey came up with seven key findings about parents, teens and digital technology, ranging from parents’ concerns about the types of experiences their teen might encounter online to the wide range of actions parents take to monitor and police their teen’s online behavior.

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