Teens will be sharing information on social media sites. Therefore, it is critical for parents and teachers to educate students about staying safe online in this era of social media. The Pew Research Council has conducted a research of 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, and the infographic below outlines what they have discovered about teens using Facebook.
Synopsis of the Infographic
Just over one in every five social media teenage user, or 26%, falsify their personally identifiable information. And over 90% of teens have a photo of themselves compared to 24% posting videos of themselves. Do you see why Facebook bought Instagram now? For the most part, teens are more likely to make connections with people that that they actually know or have met- between 70% and 90% having connections with friends and family members, versus 30% and 33% that have connections with people they have never met in person, such as teachers and coaches.
Teens are way more likely to have their personal information public on Twitter when compared to how they share their personal information on Facebook. 64% of teens have their information public on Twitter, while only 14% have their information public on Facebook.