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CBS NEWS POLL
PARENTHOOD AND THE INTERNET
August 1-3, 1999

How would you rate your own ability to go online and navigate the Internet? Would you rate yourself an expert, an intermediate, or a beginner?

     
  Total
Online
%
Parents
Online
%
 

Expert 15 14

Intermediate 51 52

Beginner 33 35

DK/NA 1 -

How often do you go online and access the Internet or World Wide Web? Several times a day, about once a day, 3 or more days a week, only 1 or 2 days a week, once every few weeks, or less often than that?

     
  Total
Online
%
Parents
Online
%
 

Several times a day 25 23

About once a day 20 19

3 or more days a week 19 18

Only 1 or 2 days a week 20 21

Once every few weeks 8 8

Less often 7 10

DK/NA 1 1

Do you think that in homes where children have access to the Internet, most parents know MORE than their children about the Internet, or do they know LESS than their children about the Internet, or do they know about AS MUCH AS their children about the Internet?

           
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  Total
%
Total
Parents
%
Parents
Online
%
Parents
Not
Online
%
Parents
of Kids
Online
%
 




Parents know MORE 7 9 12 6 8

Parents know LESS 66 67 64 70 68

Parents know AS MUCH 16 20 21 18 22

It varies (Vol.) 3 2 1 2 0

DK/NA 8 2 2 4 2

These days, how important is the ability to use the Internet for school-age children? Would you say it is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not at all important?

         
         
  Total
%
Parents
Online
%
Parents
Not
Online
%
Parents
of Kids
Online
%
 



Extremely important 15 18 12 21

Very important 33 36 28 34

Somewhat important 38 39 42 38

Not at all important 10 7 13 7

DK/NA 4 - 5 0

How important is it for parents of children who use the Internet to know how to use the Internet themselves? Is it extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not at all important?

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  Total
%
Parents
Online
%
Parents
Not
Online
%
Parents
of Kids
Online
%
 



Extremely important 41 42 39

Very important 39 42 32 41

Somewhat important 15 17 18 19

Not at all important 3 0 7 1

DK/NA 2 1 1 -

How would you rate his/her ability to go online and navigate the Internet? Would you rate him/her an expert, an intermediate, or a beginner?

   
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  Total
%
 
Expert 13

Intermediate 45

Beginner 37

DK/NA 5

Do you think you know MORE than your child about the Internet, or do you know LESS than your child about the Internet, or do you know about AS MUCH AS your child does about the Internet?

Know as much as child
       
       
  Parents
Online
%
Parents
Not
Online
%
Parents
of Kids
Online
%
 


Know more than child 44 7 33

Know less than child 32 66 42

22 21 22

DK/NA 2 6 3

Asked of those who know less than their child: Does it bother you that you know less about the Internet than your child, or are you comfortable with that?

   
   
  Parents
Of Kids
Online
%
 
Bothers me 28

Comfortable with that 69

DK/NA 3

  Unweighted Weighted
 

Total Respondents 1165

Total Parents Online 266 274

Total Parents Not Online 165 191

Total Parents of Kids Online 225 239

This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 1,165 adults, interviewed by telephone August 1 - 3, 1999. The error due to sampling could be plus or minus three percentage points based on the entire sample. The sampling error for subgroups is higher.

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