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Cyber Babes: Study Shows Kids Are Well Connected

Even the littlest kids are well connected. According to a recent study by Nielsen Online, more children are catching the wave and surfing the net than ever before. Sixteen million US children between the ages of two and 11 were online in May of this year. That is an 18 percent increase in the number of lil ones over the past five years, while the percentage of all US Internet users increased by 10 percent in that same period. Children are being exposed to technology at earlier ages because they often sit on a working parent's lap or have access to computers at home or in school. The average two to 11-year-old spending more than 11 hours online, a 63 percent increase over the past five years. According to the survey, boys spend seven percent more time online than girls, but girls view nine percent more Web sites than boys. Though the study did not address actions parents are taking to monitor their children's Web time, there are several kid-friendly email services and parental spyware tools that can be used. Do you limit your youngster's screen time?

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