Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Here's How Your Teen Uses Social Networking

Here's a survey that was done last year on teen's use of social networking and  their feelings about their parents snooping. 43% of teens said that they would change what they were doing online, if they thought their parents were monitoring!!! That is significant. I think the subtext of that is that your teens really do need your help with this stuff. Read through this survey, it's some interesting stuff!

Teen Internet Use
93% of teens ages 12-17 go online
69% of teens have their own computer
63% of teen internet users go online every day
27% of teens use their phone to get online
24% of teens with a game console use it to go online
Teen Social Networking Use
73% of teens are on a social network
The average teen has 201 Facebook friends
37% send messages to friends every day
8% of American teens use Twitter
What Teens do on Facebook
86% of social network-using teens comment on a friend's wall
83% comment on friends' pictures
66% send private messages to friends
58% send IM or text messages using the site
52% send group messages
What Else Happens on Facebook
55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions
29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumors about someone
29% have been stalked or contacted by a stranger or someone they don’t know
24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission
22% have been cyberpranked
Parental Concerns and Controls
88% of parents know that their teens typically use the internet to communicate with people they don’t know in the offline world
61% of parents’ #1 concern with teen social networking is sharing personal information online
60% of adults think parents should have full control over everything a child does online
47% of parents admit that ensuring their teens are safe online can be overwhelming
40% of parents worry about their teen’s social network safety when online, even at home
34% of parents check their child’s social network sites
What Kids Think About Facebook Parental Controls
67% of teenagers say they know how to hide what they do online from parents
43% of teens say they would change their online behavior if they knew that their parents were watching them
39% think their online activity is private from everyone, including parents
38% would feel offended if they found out their parents were spying on them with Facebook parental controls
25% would be shocked and hurt if they found out about spying
20% of kids think their parents have no idea what they’re doing online
18% have created a private email address or separate social networking profile
10% have unlocked parental controls to disable filtering

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