Facebook – it can be scary for parents of kids. It truly is a new frontier as far as safety and social interaction goes. And their isn’t a guidebook from previous generations that parents can refer to! Take a look at this infographic about Parents and their Children on Facebook from Mashable:
If you think parents are keeping tabs on their kids’ Facebook profile pages and pictures, you’re absolutely right.
According to a new infographic released by market research firm Lab42, parents are keeping a watchful eye on their child via Facebook, with many checking out their pages daily (43%).
The study — which was conducted among 500 social media users – found that 92% of parents are Facebook friends with their children (of all ages) and more are turning to the site to monitor their kids’ interactions. Safety was named as the top reason for looking at their profiles (40%), followed by curiosity (15%).
But 55% of parents are also making sure the site isn’t it interfering with homework, chores or other activities. Other top concerns include not spending enough time with friends and family (45%), the potential of meeting strangers (41%), bullying others (17%) and being a victim of bullying (16%).
Meanwhile, a high majority – 72% — even have their kids’ Facebook passwords. (Lab42 didn’t provide details on which age demographics for their kids fall into this category.)
However, kids are also checking out their parent’s Facebook pages too. In fact, they are almost equally writing on their parent’s wall (54%) and commenting on photos (51%) as their parents. But even still, it’s mostly the parents initiating the friend requests, with 55% sending it rather than receiving.
Although most children make fun of their parents for their lack of Facebook knowledge (76%), most parents consider themselves very proficient (67%).
For more stats on parent-child interactions on Facebook, check out the infographic below.
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