"They grow up out of it and become fine, upstanding
leaders," he said, but added that the current generation of teenagers could now
be haunted by their youthful mistakes.
"We have never had a generation with a full photographic,
digital record of what they did,"
Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media
sites than they have in the past.
Teens are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to
manage the privacy of that information.
Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users
do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses
or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are "very" concerned.
Stats since last survey in 2006:
91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
71% post their school name, up from 49%.
71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
53% post their email address, up from 29%.
20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.
16% automatically include location in their posts
59% deleted something they previously posted
19% post content they later regret sharing
60% of teen Facebook users set their Facebook profiles to private
(friends only), and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to
manage their settings.
Why is this important?
Understand that once something is digitized, it's forever
More recruiters and employers are using social media to screen
Search engines make it very easy to find information
What seems cool/fun now may not in 5 years
You can be associated (tagged) with information without your knowledge
Even if information is "deleted" it may still be in a database and still
searchable by Google, Bing, etc.
What can you do?:
Limit what is shared
Understand the permanence of digital information
Understand that these rules apply to ALL digital information (text,
e-mail, sms, skype, chat, social media, video, etc).
Ensure that you have access to and check your kid's accounts
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to
ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." – Warren
"Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never
mended well." - Benjamin Franklin