Between the ages of 10 and 13 years old your child’s social and emotional life is likely to go through dramatic changes. According to AVG’s latest survey in its Digital Diaries series, most kids will reach digital maturity during these pre-adolescent years as they build their first digital profile on social networks. Combine the ups and downs of pre-adolescence with the freedoms that new technologies allow and it is clear just how much parents and kids need a strong relationship and bond during these years.

The survey also suggests that a majority of parents (93 percent) feel they are savvier (and more technically competent) when it comes to the Internet than their children but it takes more than just an understanding of how the technology works to connect with your child. It also takes an understanding of your child’s developmental needs and the impact that new technologies have on their social and emotional well being.

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