Most parents monitor kids on Facebook, study finds

Jun 13, 2013

Some two-thirds of American parents monitor their children's Facebook activities, but a large percentage say they trust their youngsters to manage on their own, a study showed Thursday.

The survey by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California found 70 percent of parents keep tabs on their kids' Facebook accounts. Some 46 percent had passwords.

Yet 30 percent said they allow their children to manage their own social media activities, with some saying it was because they trust their children, or because monitoring would indicate a lack of trust.

Nine percent of those who allow children to roam free on Facebook said they did not know how to use the social network, and seven percent said they lacked time.

"It's every parent's to know when to trust their children," said Jeffrey Cole, director of the center.

"In the last five years, we have seen many new issues about parenting and technology evolve that previous generations never encountered.

"How parents cope with their children using social media like Facebook represents only one aspect of these issues."

The survey also asked adults at what age the children in their should have a mobile phone or Facebook account. They responded the appropriate average is 13 for mobile phones and 15 for a account.

The findings are part of the 2013 Digital Future Project, the longest study of its kind of the views and behavior of and non-users.

Explore further: Social network challenges end in tragedy

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Risky behaviour starts young on social media: survey

May 22, 2013

Australian children are accessing social media websites at an increasingly younger age, a new survey suggests, with one in five "tweens" admitting they have chatted to someone online they do not know.

Study: Parents, teens uneasy Facebook 'friends'

Nov 20, 2012

US parents are keeping a close eye on their teens' activities on Facebook and other social networks, provoking a "mixed" reaction from the youngsters, a new study showed Tuesday.

Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter (Update)

May 21, 2013

Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said ...

Recommended for you

Social network challenges end in tragedy

8 hours ago

Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age.

States debate digital currency

10 hours ago

Now that consumers can use digital currencies like bitcoin to buy rugs from Overstock.com, pay for Peruvian pork sandwiches from a food truck in Washington, D.C., and even make donations to political action committees, states ...

User comments : 0