What Is Your Teen Sharing Online?

Jul 31, 2014

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How good are you at keeping track of the things that your teenagers are posting online? A study by McAfee examined the online habits and behaviors that teenagers display.

One of the most surprising findings of the study was how much cyberbullying has become more common in teenagers and pre-teens. 87% of youth had witnessed cyberbullying in that year, compared to 27% having witnessed cyberbullying the precious year. Most of the cyberbullying was due to appearance, while other factors in cyberbullying included race, religion and sexuality.

Teens react to cyberbullying in different ways. About half of youth become defensive or angry, leading to offline confrontations. 4% of adolescents said that a physical fight broke out because of something posted online.

Teens are often too public with their lives as well. Only about 61% of teens have enabled the privacy on their social media. Over half have GPS locating technology enabled in their apps, which leaves them visible to strangers. And about 14% have their home address posted online. Despite this, youth are more afraid that their privacy will be compromised or that they will be hacked than that they will be cyberbullied or unpopular.

Adolescents are more likely to use social media that their parents are not familiar with. 97% of youth used YouTube at least weekly, followed by 92% of teens using Instagram at least weekly. 90% of youth believed that their parents trust them to do the right thing online, but 45% of those youth said that they would change their behavior if their parents knew what they were doing, and about half of youth regret something they’ve posted online.

There are several things you can do to protect your children online. Communicate with your kids about their online activity and let them know that the things they post can be used against them. Keep ahead of the technology that your children use, and be know the different types of social media your child uses.

Net Nanny Social is one way for you to monitor your child’s online social media. The software can assist parents in monitoring the information, comments, and chats that children share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagam, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+.

For more information on this study, visit http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/news/2014/q2/20140603-01.aspx.

Source: http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/06/do-you-know-what-your-tween-and-teen-share-online/