If Millennials Aren't Oversharing on Social Media, Then What Are They Hiding?

Oct 29, 2013

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Typical Chinese youth... always on the cell phone

Sharing information on the Internet is becoming easier and easier. However, despite common belief, teens are very aware of how much personal information they are sharing and of how to control their privacy settings.

Millennials exercise greater caution with what they share because of increased awareness of the dangers of sharing information online.  In fact, they are typically more cautious about the content they publish online than their adult counterparts.  Jacqui Cheng, Freelance writer and Editor,observed  a group of students in the Chicago area who have started the habit of deactivating their Facebook profiles each time they log off. As a result, curious parents, friends, and/or predators cannot access any of their information while they are logged off. 

Although this may be helpful for privacy’s sake, it can still be a concern to parents who are unable to view their teens’ web pages.  In the Ask.com poll, “66 percent of Internet users aged 18-34 who wanted to keep their search results private said that they hoped to hide them specifically from “adult members of their family.”

What can parents do to help maintain the privacy of their children, while maintaining their trust? Talk with them in an understanding way. If not, Millennials may be motivated to hide information from their parents, thus sharing it with others. By using Net Nanny Social, both teens and adults can protect their privacy.

With Net Nanny Social you can easily monitor your teen's comments, friends, and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. You will receive alerts based on the settings you arranged together.

To read more on Millennials' Internet safety habits, please go to http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/18/millennials_on_social_media_young_people_are_incredibly_savvy_about_internet.html