What teenagers do on the internet: an insider's guide

One 17-year-old explains why teenagers are glued to their phones and how teachers can support them to stay safe online.

 

In the past 10 years, internet usage has boomed. I recently read that average daily screen time has risen, since 1995, from three hours to up to eight hours for boys aged 13-16, and only half an hour less for girls. 

 

While I can personally see that these figures seem a lot to most adults, I don’t think they are far-fetched — especially during weekends or holidays. After all, we have our phones on us all the time and if you are a gamer, the hours can quite easily rack up.

 

Most parents ask what on earth we spend so much time on our phones doing. This is an easy question to answer, because there's so much to see and do online.

 

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