They mature more quickly, are said to be more responsible and do better at school. Now media-savvy girls are putting another one over the boys by leading the digital communications revolution.
After one of the most comprehensive studies of the effect on children of the explosion in media choices of the past 15 years, the regulator Ofcom said girls aged 12 to 15 are more likely than boys to have a mobile phone, use the internet, listen to the radio and read newspapers or magazines. Only when it comes to playing computer and console games do boys overtake girls.
Given the historic domination of the home telephone by teenage girls, perhaps it is not surprising they are using the internet to communicate with friends for hours on end. Almost all children between 12 and 15 with the internet at home said they were “confident” surfing the web and did so on average for eight hours a week. But girls are more likely than boys to use the web as a communication tool.
The article goes on to state that we need to be careful about our daughters as well as our sons. Though our daughters may not be as physically wired to be turned on by site, the fact that they are connected this way means that they are vulnerable.
Think about the MySpace and other predator discussions we have had in the past. Think of the fact that a lot of girls think it’s right to show off “their stuff” and to get attention via showing their body. Think about the post from a couple of days ago about teenage girls. Society is changing, and we need to (as parents) take note and get on the defensive!