Online Privacy Concerns 82% of College Kids

Sep 25, 2013

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With college kids posting everything from pictures of their meals to statuses about their thoughts during lecture, it seems as though they find comfort in sharing any detail about their lives.

However, a study by AnchorFree indicates the exact opposite. Eighty-two percent of college students are worried that their online privacy could be compromised.

The survey pooled more than 1,200 students from 523 U.S. and U.K. colleges. Results show 42% want to ensure their data remains private only from strangers and only 8% from friends, while 27% want privacy from both strangers and friends.

CEO of AnchorFree David Gorodyansky confirms college students’ concerns, saying students are “more frequently targets of online hackers and identity thieves because of their limited credit and employment histories.”

That issue alone should force college students to take necessary precautions with their online information, yet many choose not to. Although many of the surveyed students were aware of the online privacy threats, few were willing to actively protect their privacy.

Habits for online privacy should be developed at a young age. With more and more children creating various social media accounts, parents should instruct and guide their children as to what is appropriate and safe to post.

Starting young will not only form good habits, but also prevent a larger cache of embarrassing posts from building up. If posts go unmonitored from childhood to college-age, there will be more opportunities for privacy issues to occur.  

In helping teens monitor comments and pictures, parents can get assistance from Net Nanny Social, which covers seven social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, and LinkedIn). Net Nanny Social helps ensure your teens’ privacy remains protected, even when they choose to post their latest gourmet creation.

For more information on the AchorFree study, visit