(Clearly this “Phineas and Ferb” internet safety video is meant for a younger audience than the Tell-All Generation, but I think it’s an effective way for my elementary kids to start understanding the threats of social media. This is a correlating video and tips for parents in the digital age.)
A new survey finds that some 20-somethings who grew up sharing everything – compromising photos, rants and raves – on Facebook are finally learning to keep some things offline.
The New York Times headline calls them the “Tell-All Generation” and they spend their high-school and college years sharing liberally on social media – every party photo, every funny prank and every questionable comment. But a new survey from the University of California, Berkeley, finds that this generation is figuring out that oversharing may not be the best idea.
“While participation in social networks is still strong, a survey released last month by the University of California, Berkeley, found that more than half the young adults questioned had become more concerned about privacy than they were five years ago — mirroring the number of people their parent’s age or older with that worry.”
“They are more diligent than older adults, however, in trying to protect themselves. In a new study to be released this month, the Pew Internet Project has found that people in their 20s exert more control over their digital reputations than older adults, more vigorously deleting unwanted posts and limiting information about themselves. “Social networking requires vigilance, not only in what you post, but what your friends post about you,” said Mary Madden, a senior research specialist who oversaw the study by Pew, which examines online behavior. “Now you are responsible for everything…”
“That mistrust is translating into action. In the Pew study, to be released shortly, researchers interviewed 2,253 adults late last summer and found that people ages 18 to 29 were more apt to monitor privacy settings than older adults are, and they more often delete comments or remove their names from photos so they cannot be identified. Younger teenagers were not included in these studies, and they may not have the same privacy concerns. But anecdotal evidence suggests that many of them have not had enough experience to understand the downside to oversharing.”
This transition for 20-somethings makes sense to me: As they are now looking for JOBS, they have figured out they don’t want a possible employer to see their weekend antics. (Hey guys, guess what they look for your Twitter accounts too!
Another study from the Pew Internet Project said that younger teens weren’t as concerned about their privacy online. Again, this only makes sense to me: They haven’t learned the important lesson of “Oh that’s going to bite me in the butt later” and they aren’t looking for employment yet.
It also said older people weren’t as concerned about privacy either. I think parents are mostly concerned about privacy for photos of their kids. I know several parents who won’t show their kids’ faces in photos on Facebook. Also, I don’t think most parents are posting photos of their boobs hanging out while their rip-roaring drunk. (At least let’s hope not.)
Years ago, my friend’s 2-year-old used to yell “PRI—VA–CY” at me when she would go to sit on the potty. It seems the 20-somethings are finally figuring out the same lesson.
What do you make of this survey? Do you think it makes sense that teens who have grown up on this technology are now learning to fear the repercussion?
Is your 20-something or older teen more aware of their privacy online?
Do you worry what your younger teens are sharing? How do you monitor?
Are you worried about your privacy on Facebook or other social media outlets? Do you post photos of your kids on Facebook?