Put your phone away when I’m talking to you. Don’t text while you’re driving — not even at red lights. Stop posting photos of me without my permission.
These are some of the rules for Internet and smartphone use that kids would set for their parents, according to a new study by Assistant Professor Sarita Schoenebeck at the University of Michigan School of Information and researchers at the University of Washington.
The researchers surveyed 249 families with children between the ages of 10 and 17 about their household’s most important technology rules and expectations, as well as what made those rules easier or harder to follow.
The paper — which is among the first to explore children’s expectations for parents’ technology use — was presented in March at the Association for Computing Machinery’s conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. The surveys revealed kids’ feelings about fairness and “oversharing,” the most effective types of technology rules and families’ most common approaches.