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Pew Report on Teen Behavior and Social Media Sites

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Take a few minutes to read at least the main points of the November 2011 report on teens and social networking, published in November 2011 by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The executive summary is a fairly quick read.

During the spring and summer of 2011 researchers made calls to 799 teens between the ages of 12 and 17, and they also spoke with a parent or guardian of each adolescent. Interestingly, a large number of the teens surveyed reported that their parents and teachers provided them with the best and most helpful advice on digital citizenship issues and other virtual concerns. The media were the third most significant influence.

Browse all of the infographics from this Pew Internet report.

A Few Other Interesting Points

  • Ninety-five percent of adolescents age 12 – 17 use online resources, and 80 percent of them use social media.
  • Facebook dominates the online social scene for teens.
  • Most teens reported that their online interactions were positive, thought some did report experiencing hurtful and mean comments.
  • Most teens have protected their social media profiles so only friends can read the information.
  • Most parents prefer to use conversations and personal interaction to monitor the digital activities of their children rather than online resources with more technical procedures.

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