Some two-thirds of American parents monitor their children's Facebook
activities, but a large percentage say they trust their youngsters to manage on
their own, a study showed.
The survey by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University
of Southern California found 70% of parents keep tabs on their kids' Facebook
accounts. Some 46% had passwords.
Yet 30% said they allow their children to manage their own social media
activities, with some saying it was because they trust their children, or
because monitoring would indicate a lack of trust.
Nine percent of those who allow children to roam free on Facebook said they
did not know how to use the social network, and 7% said they lacked time.
"It's every parent's dilemma to know when to trust their children," said
Jeffrey Cole, director of the center.
"In the last five years, we have seen many new issues about parenting and
technology evolve that previous generations never encountered.
"How parents cope with their children using social media like Facebook
represents only one aspect of these issues."
The survey also asked adults at what age the children in their households
should have a mobile phone or Facebook account. They responded the appropriate
average is 13 for mobile phones and 15 for a Facebook account.
The findings are part of the 2013 Digital Future Project, the longest study
of its kind of the views and behaviour of Internet users and non-users.