The recently released Pew Report on social media use has highlighted some interesting and worrying statistics on what teenagers actually share online. Edudemic has developed an infographic to present the data:
Far from being the ultimate way to connect with peers, young adults are now viewing Facebook use as a ‘necessary burden‘.
Facebook has become a “social burden” for teens, write the authors of the Pew report. “While Facebook is still deeply integrated in teens’ everyday lives, it is sometimes seen as a utility and an obligation rather than an exciting new platform that teens can claim as their own.”
How do you view Facebook? Do you feel that you’ll miss out?
Although the Pew Report is US in origin, it is a useful tool to gauge how teenagers and parents use and view the internet and their online privacy.
81% of parents of online teens say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can learn about their child’s online behavior, with some 46% being “very” concerned.
72% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know, with some 53% of parents being “very” concerned.
69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child’s online activity might affect their future academic or employment opportunities, with some 44% being “very” concerned about that.
69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online, with some 49% being “very” concerned about that.
Some of these expressions of concern are particularly acute for the parents of younger teens; 63% of parents of teens ages 12-13 say they are “very” concerned about their child’s interactions with people they do not know online and 57% say they are “very” concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online.
Pew Internet (“The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.”) released a report on 9 November on Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Although interviewees were American, there are many conclusions the report makes that can apply to young Australians.
Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified—in both good and bad ways.
Facebook dominates social media use
88% of social media using teens have seen someone be mean or cruel on a social networking site
Only one in five teenagers say they were bullied in the past year. The most common occurrence was in person bullying
Most teenagers say they just ignore the mean behaviour they see on a social media platform
Those who have had negative experiences are more likely to have public profiles
Parental monitoring: most parents prefer non-technical monitoring
Parents see the Internet and mobile phones’ role as a mixed blessing for their teenagers: tech helps their kids to be connected and it can bring distressing things into their lives.