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  Children keep net secrets from parents
Updated 29 November 2001, 13.07
Children on net
The majority of children don't tell their parents everything they do online.

An American study has found that 55% of children between 12 and 15 don't share all their internet experiences with their parents.

But 45% do come clean. That's not surprising, since almost all their parents say they keep an eye on their surfing, either by watching what they look at or through software.

Better grades

The survey also found that almost everyone's exam results either improved or stayed the same after getting net access.

Fact File
Net facts
16% of children spend too much time on the net, say their parents
12% spend too little time on it!
23% watch less TV than they did before they got the net

76% of parents said that their children's results hadn't changed, and 20.5% said they'd actually got better.

Only a tiny 3.6% said their grades had got worse since logging on.

And if you were worried that too much surfing means you'll end up with no mates, the report also says children spend roughly the same amount of time with friends as they did before the net.

But be careful - over a third of kids got surfing bans as a punishment.

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