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Here's How Your Teen Uses Social Networking

By Joanigeltman @joanigeltman

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 Use93% of teens ages 12-17 go online69% of teens have their own computer63% of teen internet users go online every day27% of teens use their phone to get online24% of teens with a game console use it to go onlineTeen Social Networking Use73% of teens are on a social networkThe average teen has 201 Facebook friends37% send messages to friends every day8% of American teens use TwitterWhat Teens do on Facebook86% of social network-using teens comment on a friend's wall83% comment on friends' pictures66% send private messages to friends58% send IM or text messages using the site52% send group messagesWhat Else Happens on Facebook55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumors about someone29% have been stalked or contacted by a stranger or someone they don’t know24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission22% have been cyberprankedParental Concerns and Controls88% of parents know that their teens typically use the internet to communicate with people they don’t know in the offline world61% of parents’ #1 concern with teen social networking is sharing personal information online60% of adults think parents should have full control over everything a child does online47% of parents admit that ensuring their teens are safe online can be overwhelming40% of parents worry about their teen’s social network safety when online, even at home34% of parents check their child’s social network sitesWhat Kids Think About Facebook Parental Controls67% of teenagers say they know how to hide what they do online from parents43% of teens say they would change their online behavior if they knew that their parents were watching them39% think their online activity is private from everyone, including parents38% would feel offended if they found out their parents were spying on them with Facebook parental controls25% would be shocked and hurt if they found out about spying20% of kids think their parents have no idea what they’re doing online18% have created a private email address or separate social networking profile10% have unlocked parental controls to disable filtering

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