A study of the privacy habits of parents and their teens on social networks
In October 2010 TRUSTe announced the results of a nationwide survey of both parents and their teens investigating their privacy habits and preferences on social networks. We wanted to know a lot of things, like: how often do teens use privacy controls on social networks? Do parents talk to their teens about privacy? Do parents know what their teens are actually up to on social networks? What we found contradicts much of the hype we see claiming that teens today are online exhibitionists who don’t care about privacy. We found instead that a majority of teens use privacy controls on social networks and that most parents actively monitor their teen's privacy. The survey title, "The Kids are Alright*", reflects these positive finding, however the asterisk in the title indicates that there is still room for improvement as we identified some privacy areas where teens are at risk on social networks.