Online Safety: 12-15-year-olds send an average of 255 texts per week.

It’s difficult to be a parent in the digital age. Your kids probably know more about the Internet than you do (you can undo sent emails now?), and they’re using gadgets and apps you’ve never heard of (what’s a Whisper?).

There’s simply no way to keep kids off the web, or to keep smartphones out of their little hands. Instead, arm yourself with knowledge: How are “kids these days” interacting with tech, and how worried should you be?

eBuyer assembled the results of a comprehensive study of kids’ and teens’ online activity. The results range from expected — 95% of 12- to 15-year-olds own at least one smartphone, tablet or other media device — to more surprising — the same age demographic has an average of 78 Facebook friends they’ve never met in real life.

However, despite the mass of online content that might be inappropriate for a young child, most parents (83%) trust their children to use the Internet safely, and a majority (79%) discuss Internet safety with their child.

Take a look at the infographic to learn more about how the digital generation navigates the web.

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digital generation infographic

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