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New Study Found Less Parent Like Their Kids On the Internet

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study suggests parents have become more ambivalent about the internet, with fewer of those surveyed considering it good for their children.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project says 59 percent of Americans with children ages 12 to 17 who were polled in 2006 consider the internet a positive influence on their kids.

That's down from 67 percent in 2004.

Meanwhile, those who don't believe the internet has had any effect one way or the other increased to 30 percent, up from 25.

A senior research specialist at Pew says parents are not in a "honeymoon period" with the internet anymore, adding they realize the internet is something with good and bad things.

More than 900 sets of U.S. parents and children were surveyed by phone in october and november of 2006.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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