More young people have smart phones -- and they're often using those phones as the primary way they access the Web, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. How much should parents monitor? (March 13)
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Wilmette, Illinois - March 11, 2013
1. Wide shot of 17-year-old Harry Conkey in his room, from hallway
2. Tight shot of Harry Conkey's face
3. Tight shot of Harry Conkey's books and cell phone
4. Donald Conkey, age 15, in his room, picking up cell phone while doing homework
5. Peter Conkey, age 6, holds his iPod Touch
6. SOUNDBITE: Donald Conkey, high school sophomore (transcript below)
7. Teens on cell phones at bus stop
8. Tight shot of teens' smartphones at bus stop
9. Graphic with Pew survey statistics
10. SOUNDBITE: Mary Madden, senior researcher and report co-author, Pew Internet & American Life Project (transcript below)
11. More teens on phones at bus stop
12. Tight shot overhead of one teens' phone
13. High school student listening to music on smartphone gets on bus
14. SOUNDBITE: Mary Madden, senior researcher and report co-author, Pew Internet & American Life Project (transcript below)
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15. Brooke Conkey, mom, in family kitchen with Donald and Peter
16. SOUNDBITE: Brooke Conkey, mom of Harry, Donald and Peter (transcript below)
17. Peter, Harry and Donald Conkey on family room couch with electronic devices; their dad watches
18. SOUNDBITE: Harry Conkey, high school senior (transcript below)
19. Peter shows his brother his iPod Touch as they sit on family room couch
20. SOUNDBITE: Brooke Conkey, mom of Harry, Donald and Peter (transcript below)
21. Peter plays with puppy while Donald checks iPhone
22. Tight shot of Peter, puppy and phone
IN THIS ROOM, YOU'LL FIND SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD HARRY … DOING HOMEWORK … WITH HIS SMARTPHONE BY HIS SIDE.
NEXT DOOR IS FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD DONALD … HIS BOOKS … AND HIS SMARTPHONE.
EVEN SIX-YEAR-OLD PETER LIKES TO PRETEND HIS I-POD TOUCH IS HIS PHONE.
SOUNDBITE: Donald Conkey, high school sophomore: "I drive myself crazy with it sometimes. I'm just like stop refreshing the page, stop checking your phone."
THE TEENAGE OBSESSION WITH MOBILE PHONES IS APPARENT ANYWHERE YOU GO.
INCREASINGLY, THOSE PHONES ARE SMARTPHONES, ACCORDING TO A NEW SURVEY FROM THE PEW INTERNET & AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT.
PEW ALSO FOUND THAT ONE IN FOUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE USING THEIR CELL PHONES AS THE PRIMARY WAY THEY ACCESS THE INTERNET.
THAT INCREASES TO ABOUT HALF ... IF THE CELL IS A SMARTPHONE.
BUT AMONG ADULTS, IT'S JUST 15 PERCENT.
SOUNDBITE: Mary Madden, senior researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project: "Parents have traditionally been told that placing the computer in a shared space of the home is one way to keep an eye on their kids' internet use. Of course, with smartphones, that's just not possible."
THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF WAYS TO TRACK PHONE ACTIVITY.
BUT MADDEN CAUTIONS PARENTS NOT TO GO OVERBOARD.
SOUNDBITE: Mary Madden, senior researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project: "Parents really have to strike a delicate balance between, on the one hand, being close monitors of their kids' Internet use and also, you know, acknowledging the reality of having a teenager who wants to have his or her own private social space away from the gaze of adults."
THE CONKEYS TRY TO WALK THAT FINE LINE BETWEEN MONITORING … AND PRIVACY.
SOUNDBITE: Brooke Conkey, mother of Donald, Harry and Peter: "There have been a few mistakes. There have been things that they have done or things that they have accessed, maybe that haven't been appropriate."
SHE AND HER HUSBAND SAY IT'S ALL PART OF GROWING UP. BUT SHE STILL QUIETLY KEEPS TABS …
SOUNDBITE: Harry Conkey, high school senior: "Oh yeah. She'll look over our shoulders and she'll want to know who we're talking to _ and that's to be expected."
HOW WILL IT BE FOR YOUNG PETER AS HE GROWS UP?
SOUNDBITE: Brooke Conkey, mother of Donald, Harry and Peter: "I think that things will get trickier as time goes on. And I think that things will be easier to get to _ the naughty things. And so I think that I would probably be more proactive than I was with the older boys."
BUT FOR NOW … A PUPPY IS MUCH MORE INTERESTING.
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