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By Whitney Roban, Ph.D. (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2002). 131 pp. (Executive Summary, 23 pp.)
The Internet is a pervasive part of girls' lives—used almost daily for communication, research and entertainment. A new study from the Girl Scout Research Institute, conducted in conjunction with Girl Games, Inc., shows, however, that many of these girls are "driving the information superhighway without a license," needing more pertinent advice and proactive guidance from parents and other adults.
The Net Effect: Girls and New Media study examines:
Download the The Net Effect executive summary (PDF). For more information about the research, or to order a hard copy of the executive summary or full report of the study, email the Girl Scout Research Institute or call (800) GSUSA 4 U.
The Internet is a fact of most preteen and teen girls' lives today. Parents can and should play an active role helping their daughters navigate cyberspace. Here are some tips:
Parents and girls can also use this Internet Safety Pledge from Girl Scouts of the USA.