Teens prefer parenting advice to apps on two key issues – The Irish Sun

MILLIONS of teens are turning online for help with everything from hair hacks to financial planning — but when it comes to relationship advice, mom still knows best.

The study of 1,000 10-17-year-olds found they also turn to dad for health tips, homework and revisions – although teachers are preferred when they need help with exams.

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Cooking tips, makeup tips, and baking are the most common things teens get tips on online.

While others seek help to manage their finances, athletic ability and puberty.

And they turn to TikTok or Instagram for makeover tips and application advice.

When it comes to relationships, 23 percent turn to their mother, but 11 percent have tried YouTube videos for help.

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Emma Abrahams, spokeswoman for Lloyd’s Bank, which commissioned the study to highlight its Smart Start account, said: “Although children go online first for fashion and makeup advice, our study shows that parents are usually still the first port of call for financial advice.

“We also found that just over a third (38 percent) of children say they started understanding the value of money between the ages of 13 and 15.

“And 29 percent learned this through their own bank account — emphasizing that it’s never too early for parents to start teaching their children good money habits.”

The study also found that one in three respondents prefer to seek advice online to avoid the “embarrassment” of asking someone face-to-face.

YouTube was rated the most valuable online resource by young people and was chosen by 41 percent.

And while 35 percent believe their parents helped them understand the value of money, 22 percent turned to social media content to understand finance.

It is followed by Facebook (33 percent), Instagram (30 percent) and TikTok (27 percent).

More than one in ten (14 percent) have worried about asking someone for advice about relationships, and 13 percent have tried to avoid talking about money or finances.

It also found that 56 per cent of UK teens and pre-teens believe video is the most effective way of learning via social media, while 49 per cent find it easiest to learn from someone speaking directly to the screen.

According to the OnePoll study, teenagers ask for advice three times in an average week.

And in the last 12 months, they needed advice on finances (13 percent), relationships (14 percent), and peer pressure (11 percent).

The research also surveyed the teens’ parents and found that they also relied heavily on their parents for advice.

Author, psychotherapist and mother of three Anna Mathur said: “In a world of next-day delivery, instant online purchases and instant payments without receipts, we need to be more conscious in teaching our children how to manage money.

“That means making sure they get the advice from trusted sources, whether it’s online or from parents, friends and teachers.

“Our generation has seen the biggest shift in how we use, save and spend money. We remember purchases using only cash, while our children might see a future where physical cash or even plastic cards are a rarity.

“For this reason, it is more important than ever to support our children in dealing with the issue.

“Savings, spending money, grocery lists and just generally talking to our kids about the world of finance are great ways to teach them the value of money from a young age.”

Lloyds Bank is also collaborating with influencers Charlotte (@lookafteryourpennies), Kia (@penniestopounds) and Savannah Miller (@savannahmiller) to show how older generations can inspire kids to be more responsible with their finances, and do it through open Communication both face to face and online.

THE TOP 30 THINGS YOUTH LEARN ONLINE:

  • 1. Cooking
  • 2. Makeup
  • 3. Bake
  • 4. Video Game Tips/Shortcuts
  • 5. Movies
  • 6. Dancing
  • 7. Speak another language
  • 8. Hair tricks
  • 9. Revision Opportunities
  • 10. Fashion
  • 11. Puberty
  • 12. Exams
  • 13. Sporting ability eg playing football
  • 14. Celebrities/Influencers
  • 15. Finance/Money
  • 16th story
  • 17. Pimples/acne
  • 18. Riding a bike
  • 19. Clean sneakers/clothes
  • 20. Writing
  • 21. Books
  • 22. Mathematics
  • 23. Teaching pets tricks
  • 24. Applying for jobs
  • 25. Garden/House Plants
  • 26. Science
  • 27. What career should you aim for?
  • 28. Playing a musical instrument
  • 29. Washing up
  • 30. Driving

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