The Pew Internet & American Life Project and Harvard University’s Berkman Center have teamed up to release “Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy.” You probably won’t be surprised at some of the findings: 69 percent of parents of online teens are concerned about their kids’ manages online reputations (with 49 percent being “very” concerned), and 42 percent of parents have searched for their children’s names online to see what information is available about them.
The report—the first in a Pew/Berkman series that’ll explore youth privacy issues—features information from interviews with focus groups that were conducted by Berkman’s Youth and Media team and a national phone survey of parents and their teens that examines the use of social networking sites.
The findings are based on a phone survey of 802 parents and their 802 teens ages 12 to 17, conducted between July 26 and September 30, 2012. Interviews were done in English and Spanish and on landline and cell phones. The research team also conducted 16 focus group interviews with roughly 120 students. The report is fully downloadable, and may also be searched online.
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