Studies

by Mike Masnick




Forget Washing Dishes Or Sweeping Up; Parents Handing Off Online Chores To Kids

from the now-go-book-us-a-vacation dept

For years we've seen stories about how kids tend to do tech support for their parents and other adults when it comes to computer related problems. However, a new article frames that story in a different light, suggesting that parents now give their kids "online chores" to do -- which can sometimes replace traditional household chores like washing the dishes or doing the laundry. The chores can include just about any online action that parents aren't entirely comfortable with -- from booking flights to setting up parties to getting movie listings. In fact, 14% of kids in the study claimed that they actually helped their parents file their tax returns online. This probably isn't particularly surprising, but it is representative of how central to family life computing and the internet has become, that using it is considered a chore like sweeping the hallway.

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  • identicon
    Mark, 16 May 2007 @ 7:11pm

    Heh

    Kids are no longer swiping 10 spots from Dad's wallet, they are signing swiping CC info and ordering shiat from online vendors.

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    Two first's in a row!, 16 May 2007 @ 7:12pm

    Hey, I'll take an online chore over physical labor any day.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 May 2007 @ 7:18pm

    Nice setup for those kids...

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    RandomThoughts, 16 May 2007 @ 7:22pm

    And people wonder why tourism to the Grand Canyon has dropped by %67 while trips to Disney World are booming.

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    Andy, 16 May 2007 @ 7:52pm

    tax returns

    Do the kids need to be licensed accountants to help with that? Can the kids help their parents draw up a will using a computer?

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 May 2007 @ 9:28pm

      Re: tax returns

      Do the kids need to be licensed accountants to help with that? Can the kids help their parents draw up a will using a computer?
      No, because you're never too young to start building a criminal record.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 May 2007 @ 8:05pm

    re: random thoughts

    ^^ LOL ^^

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    Anonymouse, 16 May 2007 @ 8:07pm

    There are numerous free online tax websites that are extremely simple to use. So no, no license required.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 May 2007 @ 9:31pm

      Re:

      There are numerous free online tax websites that are extremely simple to use.
      What does that have to do with it?

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    STJ, 16 May 2007 @ 8:45pm

    In my day, I had to push a broom up hill both ways!!!!

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    Noobie parent, 16 May 2007 @ 9:58pm

    Hey, I'm a soon-to-be-parent who works in IT. This has got me thinking. In a few years time I can get my kid to rustle up a few pages of code for me while I make sandwiches for their lunchbox - Cool!

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      Celes, 17 May 2007 @ 6:28am

      Re:

      Hey, my dad used to get my mom and me to debug his code while he made dinner and did the dishes. To a kid, especially one who likes computers (and doesn't like dishes), that's a great exchange.

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    SanDiegoClubs, 16 May 2007 @ 11:25pm

    Parents are naturally too lazy to learn tech stuff, and kids are naturally too lazy to do the dishes. Sounds like a fair enough deal to me.

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    Ron Larson (profile), 16 May 2007 @ 11:42pm

    I would like to see the Boy & Girl Scouts have a merit badge for tech support. Especially in 2008 when the $40 coupons for digital TV receivers roll out.

    It would be great if a clueless senior citizen could schedule a Boy Scout to drop by to get the new digital receiver hooked and working on the old TV. Or a troop could hit their neighborhood over a few weekends in 2008 knocking on doors seeing if people need help switching over.

    It could keep the clueless from being scammed into buying TV's or antennas they don't need. And the Scouts could get credit for helping out the public.

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      Celes, 17 May 2007 @ 6:24am

      Re:

      At first it sounded silly, but now I think you may be on to something. The Scouts would be learning a useful skill (camping is super-fun, but I hardly think I'll ever need to build a fire from scratch out of neccessity), and they're providing a service to the community.

      Anyway, it sounds a lot more fun than my Girl Scout troop - we spent more time pushing cookies than actually doing anything. Then again, I guess sales experience could be considered a life skill...

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    Chronno S. Trigger, 17 May 2007 @ 5:43am

    Helping out

    "from booking flights to setting up parties to getting movie listings..."

    to cleaning out the internet history...

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    Coaster26, 17 May 2007 @ 1:26pm

    I would So rather do anything online than do dishes - and I am an adult.

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