Teens Online Spend Hours on Porn and Dieting Sites

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I guess teenagers really are the same everywhere. A new survey shows that the average teenager in the UK spends more than 80 hours a year looking at pornography on the Internet. That translates to an hour and 40 minutes a week.

Of course, watching dirty movies is not all the kids are doing on the Internet. They're also spending an hour-and-a-half on dieting Web sites and one hour researching cosmetic surgery.

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The poll asked more than a thousand kids, aged 13 to 15, how much time they spent online and what they did with it. The average teen spends more than 30 hours surfing the Web. In addition to porn, dieting and surgery, the kids are squeezing in over three hours of homework and research online. That's a good thing.

But then there's the hour-and-a-half downloading music, two hours on YouTube and more than three hours spent shopping or on auction sites each week. And lest we forget these are teenagers, there is the five hours a week spent on dating or social networking sites.

Mind you, this doesn't strike me as any different -- other than the technology used -- from teenagers in my day. (Now, when I was in high school, if we had had access to the Internet, an hour and a half would have been a daily total for most of the guys I knew -- on days when they were busy with other activities. Just saying.)

How closely do you monitor your kids' internet usage?
They never go online without me there with them25 (4.4%)
I'm in the room and can see what they're doing75 (13.1%)
The computer is in a public area, but I don't pay much attention103 (17.9%)
I trust my kids to make good choices221 (38.5%)
Kids will always find a way around parents, so why get in the way?150 (26.1%)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.