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Parents underestimate teenagers’ online activity

Common Sense Media has released a national poll of teens and parents on social networking behaviors that confirms teenagers continue to find social media sites compelling and that parents may not be fully aware of what their offspring are doing online.

Highlights of the poll’s key findings include:

-    22% of teens check social networking sites more than 10 times a day, while only 4% of parents believe kids are checking that much
-    51% of teens check social networking sites more than once a day, while only 23% of parents say their kids check more than once a day

Not all activities are positive:

-    28% of teens have shared personal information that they normally wouldn’t have shared in public
-    25% of teens have shared a profile with a false identity
-    39% of teens have posted something they regretted
-    26% of teens have pretended to be someone else online
-    25% of teens have created a profile with a false identity.
-    24% of teens have hacked into someone else’s social networking account.
-    13% of teens have posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves or others online.

“In today’s digital environment, parents have less time to supervise their kids’ behavior,” said James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media in a press release accompanying the poll results. “Communication and socialization in our kids’ world is increasingly moving from face-to-face to face-to-cyberspace, and parents vastly underestimate the amount of time that kids spend on their networks.”

“There’s definitely not-my-kid syndrome,” Steyer told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Common Sense Media describes itself as the nation’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the impact of media and entertainment on kids and families.

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