Facebook Survey Reveals Teens Give Parents Profile Access

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Do you know what your children are viewing?

Techie Teens

Teen use of the Internet has many parents concerned and rightly so. Lots of young people are wired and globally connected, raised in an environment that demands technological prowess and the thinking that goes with it.

FacebookThere is some good news parents should know when it comes to Internet usage and teen activity online. According to a new Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions survey of high school students, teens who say that their parents are on Facebook are much more likely to give their parents full profile access–status updates, party photos and all–than no access at all. 56 percent of teens give their parents full access while 34 percent do not, with the remaining 10 percent falling somewhere in between.

Not Involved

Before you sigh in relief, there was one important point noted in the survey: 58 percent of the teens surveyed said that their parents weren’t on Facebook at all. Yes, kids are going online and interacting with strangers, people you may not want them to be in contact with.

“In a Facebook era, the online arena serves as a new channel for parents to keep tabs on what and how their kids are doing, and it’s notable that a sizable percentage of today’s teens seem comfortable with that dynamic,” said Justin Serrano, Senior Vice President, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.  “But for the most part, the parent-teen online relationship is still relatively uncharted territory.  What we’re seeing is that parents are increasingly expressing interest in being able to monitor their kids’ progress online, and teens are adjusting to this in different ways.”

Parental Oversight

Parents should know that they have every right to know what their children are up to whether they are given “permission” to view their stuff or not. The survey doesn’t say that children are making these decisions to share on their own or are being told to do so by their parents.  In any case, it is your computer and your Internet connection as well as your home. Enough said.

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