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Poll: Parents aren't watching 'Net-surfing teens

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May 1, 1999
Web posted at: 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT)

(CNN) -- Teens who surf the Internet say their parents know little about the Web sites they visit, and less than a third always follow parental rules for Internet usage, according to a CNN/Time poll released Saturday.

The good news? Only a small minority of teens who use the Internet have ever seen Web sites that have information from hate groups, show how to build a bomb or buy a gun. But a larger minority say have seen sites that have sexual or X-rated content.

Of the teens who have access to the Internet, 43 percent say their parents have no rules governing how much time they can spend online or what sites they are allowed to visit. Another 26 percent say their parents have set rules for Internet usage, but they sometimes don't follow them. Only 31 percent said they follow parental rules all the time.

The poll also suggests that the Internet does not have much influence over teens.

Only 13 percent of all teens say that they have a great deal of trust in the information they get from the Internet. By comparison, 83 percent say they have a great deal of trust in the information they get from their parents.

The story is different for computer video games. Unlike Internet usage, most teens who play computer games report that their parents know a lot about the games they play. But a majority of teens who play computer games say their parents do not have rules about how much time they spend playing games or what games they are allowed to play.

Most teens have played them at some point, although only 8 percent regularly play violent games like Doom or Duke Nukem.

The poll was conducted April 27-29 and included interviews with 409 teen-agers between the ages of 13 and 17. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent.

The following are the complete results:

Have you ever used the Internet?
Yes
No
82%
18
If you use the Internet, in the past when you have been online, have you ever seen Web sites with information on:
Sex
Hate groups
Bombs
Guns
44%
25
14
12
If you use the Internet, how much do your parents know about the Web sites you visit?
A lot
A little
Nothing
38%
45
17
If you use the Internet, do your parents have rules about how you use it?
Yes, and I always follow them
Yes, but I don't always follow them
Parents have no rules
31%
26
43
How much do you trust information from the Internet?
Great deal
Somewhat
Not at all
13%
62
24
How much do you trust information from your parents?
Great deal
Somewhat
Not at all
83%
16
1
Do you have a great deal of trust in:
Parents
Teachers
Religious leaders
Friends
New media
Internet
83%
61
55
48
39
13
Have you ever played computer games?
Yes
No
81%
19
Have you ever played violent computer games?
Yes, regularly
Yes, just a few times
No, never played
8%
40
52
If you play computer games, how much do your parents know about the games you play?
A lot
A little
Nothing
57%
33
10
If you play computer games, do your parents have rules about the games you play?
Yes, and I always follow them
Yes, but I don't always follow them
Parents have no rules
24%
18
57


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