Digital DiariesThe AVG Digital Diaries survey shows that most kids graduate to mainstream digital social networks at 11 years old, despite the fact that sites like Facebook require members to be at least 13, preteens persuade their parents to create an account for them or find other ways to circumvent the restrictions.

AVG also reports that a majority of 10-13 year olds have their own computer and in some countries most have them in the privacy of their bedroom. This is quite different from the days when media was watched on a family television in the living room.

Another new challenge for parents is that children can now communicate with anyone in the world via email and messaging services and access information they may not have the skills or maturity to process.

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