Nearly three quarters of parents monitor their teenagers’ Facebook pages, some every day, according to a recent survey.
Called “The Kids are Alright,” the survey polled two thousand parents and teens to assess kids’ social networking practices, parental monitoring of their networks and both groups’ concerns about privacy. The survey was conducted by online privacy firm TRUSTe and Lightspeed Research.
Findings of the national study reveal that 72 percent of parents monitor their teens’ social network profiles – 35 percent of parents doing so on a daily basis. Fifty percent check their kids’ profiles weekly, and 10 percent are monthly monitors. Facebook is the predominant social network
It seems parents also have an accurate grasp of just what their children are doing online. Eighty-four percent of parents surveyed correctly assessed not just the amount of time their children spends on social networks, but the activities they engage in.
Trust obviously plays a crucial role in a parent-child relationship, and the same rules apply to the Internet. Eighty-four percent of parents admitted they are confident their teens are responsible with personal information online, and 80 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens feel in control of their personal information.
If parents are vigilant about their kids’ online activity, it’s for a benevolent reason – 98 percent of parents reported that their teens’ online privacy is important, very important or extremely important.
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