Teens are concerned about internet privacy. With the growth of technology comes the increase in predatory behaviors and teens recognize this. While parents are looking for ways to protect their teens on the internet, the new study shows that teens are taking steps to protect themselves.
Pew Internet, Pew Internet and American Life Project, has completed a study of how teens use the internet and how teens practice internet privacy.
Here are some of the key findings in a new survey of U.S. teens ages 12-17:
•58% of all teens have downloaded apps to their cell phone or tablet computer.
•51% of teen apps users have avoided certain apps due to privacy concerns.
•26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app because they learned it was collecting personal information that they did not wish to share.
•46% of teen apps users have turned off location tracking features on their cell phone or in an app because they were worried about the privacy of their information.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “More than half of all U.S. teenagers who use mobile apps have avoided certain apps because they would have to share personal information.”
The Pew study discusses mobile technology protection. Parents can also ensure family privacy on the Internet.
- Download Spybot-Search and Destroy. This software is virus free, does not collect personal information, and identifies and deletes adware and viruses on your computer.
- Delete your Internet cache after each online session
- Change your passwords monthly, and opt-out of saving your user and password information on your computer.
- Check your privacy setting on Facebook regularly.
- Establish privacy settings on Tumblr and Google. Disable your online presence.