My Social Summer - Part 1


If you ask a teenager if they remember what it was like before high-speed internet, they wouldn't know. All kids today are plugged in through some form of on-line device.

But it's also something mom and dad continue to worry about. But are we parents worrying about the right thing?

We visited the Stewart family in Noblesville to see how they cope with the non-stop technology in their home.

Ten-year-old Julieanne stays connected with friends on the computer. Fourteen-year-old Jay Daniel listens to his music and plays games.

And 17-year-old Andrew is a huge gamer, but also takes classes online.

They are always connected. One of them has an iPad, one a computer. As soon as school is out they stay connected with all their friends.

The Stewarts have different rules for each child, based on their age. For example, Julieanne is not allowed to show her face in any videos she posts online.

And Jay needs to get approval before downloading anything new on his computer or phone.

But, like most parents, John and Suzanne Stewart worry about the same thing for all of their children.

Online bullies is one. "Another fear everyone has is online predators, and who is talking to our kids," said John.

"Parents always think the number one concern youth have is predators, and they are wrong," said Dan Claassen with Become An Upstander, who works with teens to become safe and responsible users of social media.

"The number one concern youth tell us and nationally that they have is inappropriate content. So, seeing inappropriate videos on You Tube - that troubles them, that fears them," said Claassen.

And that is what 17-year-old Andrew told us, too, "nudity, and other, like, sexual things, because it's so prevalent and so easily-accessed."

Another thing we learned from Claassen's research - a teen who is more likely to participate in high-risk activities is more than likely going to do that online as well.

And teens, if someone tries to tell you that "everyone" is sexting, that is not true. Ninety-eight percent of teens in Indiana say this is not something they have done or will do.