For general advice and influence, parents are still the top source for teen internet and cell phone users. However, teens receive advice from a wide array of sources.
- 86% of online and cell phone-using teens say they have received general advice about how to use the internet responsibly and safely from their parents.
- 70% of online and cell-using teens say they have gotten advice about internet safety from teachers or another adult at school.
- 45% have received advice from friends or classmates, 45% have received general advice from an older relative, and 46% have received internet safety advice from a brother, sister, or cousin.
- 58% of teen internet and cell phone users say their parents have been the biggest influence on what they think is appropriate or inappropriate when using the internet or a cell phone.
- 18% of teens say their friends have been their biggest influence on appropriate internet or cell phone behavior.
- 18% say “no one” has influenced them.
We also asked teens who had specifically witnessed or experienced online cruelty whether they sought out advice on how to cope with or respond to that experience, and who they went to for such information. Some 36% of teen social media users who have witnessed online cruelty seek advice on how to cope, and nearly all say the advice is mostly good.
- 51% of girls who have witnessed cruelty online have sought advice, as have 20% of boys.
- 92% of those who asked for advice say that the advice they received was “helpful.”
- 53% of the teens who have witnessed online cruelty and then sought advice for how to handle it have reached out to a friend or peer, while 36% sought advice from parents.
- Younger teen girls ages 12-13 are much more likely to rely on friends and peers than older girls.