It’s one of the key weapons parents have to keep kids in line: denial of privileges.
Now, a growing number of parents are telling their kids that if they act up or break house rules, they will be cut off from Internet access. It’s an indication that the World Wide Web has become as important to families as television. A survey from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future found that two-thirds of parents say they restrict their kids’ access to TV as punishment. That number has barely moved over the past decade. But the percentage of parents who now limit Internet access as a form of punishment has nearly doubled in the last decade.