Parents, Kids & Technology Survey

We're working on a brand new project at WGBH for PBS KIDS. The project is all about media and technology.

It's called Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius and it will launch this fall online at pbskids.org

To help us, we'd LOVE to hear from you, especially if you are a parent or guardian for kids 6-12. Please take a few minutes to answer these (anonymous) questions about families and technology!

Who are you?
Mom
Dad
I'm not a parent but I'm often around kids so I'm taking the survey!
What kids do you have 6-12? (check any that you have)
My kid(s) are younger than 6
Girl 6
Boy 6
Girl 7
Boy 7
Girl 8
Boy 8
Girl 9
Boy 9
Girl 10
Boy 10
Girl 11
Boy 11
Girl 12
Boy 12
My kid(s) are older
Which of these best describes you? (pick one)
I'm tech savvy
I'm ok with most technology
I use it only as needed (e.g. for work and email, maybe Facebook or online shopping)
I'm not very comfortable with technology
Does this seem familiar in your home? (check any that apply)
Adults often on their phones
Kids often on their own screens (phones, laptops, TV)
Family members are often on their own devices while TV is on
People use their devices during breakfast or evening meals
Adults and kids sometimes surf or play digital games together on the same device
Adults and kids communicate with each other using smarthones in the same home (like kids texting you from their room)
Your kids ask for a device or technology because they say a friend has it
There's peer pressure from other parents on you to buy devices or upgrade services
Screen time for your kids used as a bribe or reward
Arguments sometimes stem from device use (either what it is they're doing, or how long kids are using it)
Do your kids have any of these? (check any that apply)
Their own smartphone
A computer in their bedroom
A TV in the bedroom
Access to a tablet or e-reader
Rules about screen time -- they have certain limits
Rules about data usage and phone plans -- they have certain limits
Their own social website profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc.)
Questions about Kids and Snapchat, Kik, Instagram or apps like this (check any that apply)
My kids have at least one of these and I have rules about their use
My kids have at least one of these but I trust them to use them appropriately
My kids can only "friend" people they actually know
I really don't know what all these are!
Trust and Privacy Settings (check any)
I trust my kids to do the right thing and be respectful and safe online
I've checked their settings to see that what my kids post is private
I hope that what my kids post is private
I have no real idea how many followers or friends they have
I wouldn't know where to start to manage their privacy settings
Questions about Bedtime (pick one)
My kids have school-night bedtimes that include 'turn device off' rules
My kids have school-night bedtimes but can still be online or watching in their room
We have no fixed bedtimes or times for when devices have to be turned off
Dos and Don'ts (pick one)
We often talk about the Dos and Don'ts of the apps, sites and games they are playing
We sometimes talk about the Dos and Don'ts of the apps, sites and games they are playing
We rarely or never talk about the Dos and Don'ts of the apps, sites and games they are playing
Homework or Play (pick one)
We have clear lines between their technology use for schoolwork vs. play
We have no lines between their technology use for schoolwork vs. play
I don't really know how to manage whether kids are using technology for schoolwork vs. play. Help!
Checking Up (check any that apply)
I know everything my kids do online because I have software that tells me
I check their browser history from time to time
I check their phones (texts, etc.) from time to time
My kids only use a computer that's set up where it can be seen by others
I honestly don't know where they go online, at least not always
I ask them often about what they do online or on their phones
Who is the Expert? (pick one)
My spouse and/or I are their tech support
My kid(s) are my tech support
Give It Up (pick one)
I encourage my kids to take frequent breaks from their technology
I encourage my kids to take occasional breaks from their technology
I rarely or never encourage my kids to take breaks from their technology
Questions about YouTube (check any that apply)
We sometimes watch YouTube videos together
My kids show me videos they like
I show my kids videos I like
I don't really recognize the hosts of the videos they like
We have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, but my kids watch more on YouTube
We have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, and my kids use these more than YouTube
Questions about Music! (pick one)
My kids can download music when they want
My kids cannot download music when they want
Texting and Driving. Be honest, please. We've all seen each other in traffic. Do your kids tell you that you shouldn't be texting and driving?
Yes, and so I stop for a while
Yes, but I do it anyway even though I know I shouldn't
No, they don't seem to notice
I don't text and drive, hand on heart. Seriously, I never, never do.
Some people say kids should not have access to any of this kind of technology until they're older. What have you decided in your household about what kids should or shouldn't have?
Can you share any tales of you or your kids getting into trouble by something written or sent, like a text or tweet that got someone into trouble? Or something worse, like cyberbullying? This is your chance to warn other parents of something that happened in your family.
Can you share any triumphs or awesome things that happened with technology, maybe your kids can now email or Skype with grandparents or they created something awesome in Minecraft! This is your chance to let other parents know the benefits of kids using technology.
Where do you go for help or discussion about these kinds of topics about technology and media use?
If you had a resource, like a website or app, to go to for help with these kinds of topics, what information would you want to find in it?