Study Says Teens Hate When Parents Post About Them on Social Media
Sharenting, it's a real thing. Openly sharing about your parenting highs and lows on social media is a way of life for many of us. A new study says teens are fed up with their parents over-sharing on social platforms.
Microsoft’s latest study, known as their "Digital Civility, Safety and Interaction Online" research, polled teens ages 13-17 and adults ages 18-74, which included over 12,500 people in 25 different countries. Forty-two percent of teens reported having a problem with their parents posting about them on social media.
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Getting even more specific, 11% stated that sharenting was a "big problem," 14% considered it a "medium problem," while 17% said it was a "small problem." There were also 30% in the group that didn't consider their parents sharing on social media an issue at all and 28% confirmed that their parents never posted a photo or caption of them on social without their consent.
Researchers recommend that the overall household mantra should be to "share with care." The study also states, "To share or not to share is an individual family’s decision, but if the choice is to share, parents should be attentive, exercise discretion and not inadvertently reveal too much, including children’s real full names, ages, dates of births, home addresses, mothers’ maiden names, favorite sports teams, names of pets and photos, to cite a few examples."
On another note, the study also found that teens still look up to parents. When asked about the best role models for social behavior online, 80% of teens noted their parents at the top of their list with teachers coming in second.
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