Facebook, Skype, msn等网络交流工具已经成为时下青少年的“新宠”，并且几乎人人都拥有一部手机，他们似乎也很享受通过敲击键盘跟人聊天的方式。另一方面，这些新型社交方式给想要好好管教孩子的父母出了个大难题，因为禁足已经太out了，于是煞费苦心的父母们想出了新对策——“数码囚禁”。
你被“数码囚禁”了吗？ Are You “Digitally Grounded”?
Jennifer Ludden (Host): Used to be that when you needed to punish a wayward teen and really wanted to get their attention, grounding was the way to go—no hanging out after school, no parties on the weekend, just a long, boring stretch at home. No more. Now kids at home can reach out to their friends with texting, Facebook, Skype; a 24-hour digital line that in a sense is the new way of socializing. So how do you clip the wings of teens today? 1)The Pew Internet Project found that nearly two-thirds of parents have revoked the mobile phone, a move the Washington Post recently called “digital grounding.”
So Amanda, is the good old-fashioned go-to-your-room grounding thing just a thing of the past?
Amanda Lenhart(Research Specialist from Pew.): Well, it's a little bit more complicated today than it used to be, certainly, because sending somebody to their room doesn't have the same effect if there's a laptop in there that connects you to your social network. So certainly to be more effective in your grounding today, you might want to be employing some restrictions on the digital tools that your kids have in their…2)at their disposal.
Ludden: And how can you do that?
Lenhart: Well, I think it depends on the teen, obviously. If you have a 12-year-old boy who's really into video games, you're probably going to be more interested in taking away his or her 3)Xbox—or his Xbox—than you are going to be in taking away his Facebook page, which he may or may not have.
But if you have a really social kid who is using Facebook, who is using instant messaging and who has a cell phone—and that's probably about 75% of teens today—you have to decide what…where are you going to employ these restrictions. If you really want your grounding to be this total sort of return to the home and a sort of a pulling back from your friends and your social relationships, then you will need to cut off those other avenues.
Ludden: So do you have any idea of this…of the…in your poll, you know, parents who e-ground or ground their…cut off their kids' social outreach via digital means, are those kids allowed to go out to the movies or hang out in the mall or is that also part of the package?
Lenhart: I think it really…it depends on the parent, obviously. We…our survey really only focused on cell phones and asked a pretty basic question about whether or not you take that phone away as punishment of some kind. And as you mentioned in the opener, it's about 62% of parents who say, Yeah, I've used the phone to…taken away the phone as punishment.
Ludden: Ok. What…go ahead.