According to a Pew study on parenting in the age of the internet, most parents still don't trust their teenagers to be responsible online, with about half keeping tabs on at least one of their kid's passwords. About 1, US parent-teen pairs completed a Pew survey about how involved parents are in monitoring their child's online usage, and 61 percent of parents reported looking at their child's browsing history. Forty-eight percent know the password to their teenager's email account, and 35 percent know the password to at least one of their kid's social media accounts. Rather than learning their teens' passwords through any kind of sophisticated deception, it seems most password-holding parents simply made that transparency a condition of their child having a personal email or Facebook account. Additionally, 65 percent of parents reported they had taken away phone or internet privileges as punishment, a practice Pew refers to as "digital grounding.
2. Set who can send your teen direct messages or friend requests
In , I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. Pew found that one third of online year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those do. I love when data gets reinforced. Last week, Matt Richtel at The New York Times did a fantastic job of covering one aspect of why teens share passwords: as a show of affection.
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