Two thirds of teens OK with parents being Facebook friends

By on January 23, 2011
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Guess they never have been embarrassed by Facebook before!


According to a study reported by Reuters, two-thirds of teenagers are comfortable with accepting their parents as Facebook friends. What the study did not tell was how many of those teenagers had set separate privacy settings for their parents!

“Facebook … continues to be the new frontier in the ever evolving relationship between parent and child,” said Kristen Campbell, of Kaplan Test Prep. The company questioned 2,313 students, aged about 16 to 18, about social networking trends. 65 percent said they were comfortable having their parents on their friends list, while 38 percent said they ignore any such dangerous approaches from their parents. A 16 percent chunk of surveyed students said that being friends with their parents was a condition for joining website like Facebook in the first place.

“Even though parents are very involved and very active, Facebook allows young people to exert their independence,” she explained. “They want part of their lives to be private.”

Kampbell describes Facebook as a natural step for parents in being connected to a generation who grew up with a Facebook address first and a birth certificate later.

“This is a generation that’s communicating electronically and now the lines of communication are open in new ways.”

Source: Reuters.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • Nimfa, Turning Winds

    I don’t mind if my teen does not add me as her friend just as long as she agrees that I might be able to supervise her online activities, especially pertaining her profile settings as well as the pictures or personal information that she posts. Besides, I give her that condition before I approve of her having her own Facebook account. It might seem too strict to some, but since she’s still a minor, I feel I’m still responsible in guiding her with the things she does especially when it involves relating to other people who might just be taking advantage of her. It’s best to be sure than be sorry in the end. Thanks for the share.

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