NEW YORK: Parents have become more ambivalent about the Internet, with a study finding fewer of them considering it good for their children.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project said about 59 per cent of Americans with children ages 12-17 consider the Internet a positive influence on their kids. That is based on a 2006 survey, the latest on the topic, and represents a drop from 67 per cent in 2004.

Meanwhile, those who do not believe the Internet has had an effect one way or the other increased to 30 per cent, from 25 per cent. “The Internet for a lot of parents is now a mature technology,” said a senior research specialist at Pew. “They are not in a honeymoon period with the Internet anymore.” — AP