& # 39; Sharent & # 39; shameful: almost half of teenagers around the world say their parents share too much about them online because experts warn that it is putting them at risk
- 42 percent of teenagers had a problem with messages from parents about social media
- One in ten teenagers views messages on parents' social media as a & # 39; big problem & # 39;
- Two thirds of all teenagers worried about being at risk online
Parents spend a lot of time worrying about how social media affect their children, but a new survey has shown that children may be even more concerned about how their parents use it.
In particular, the survey found that 42 percent of teenagers said they had a problem with what their parents had posted about them on social media, and more than one in ten teenagers described it as a & # 39; big problem & # 39 ;.
Almost half of the teenagers in the survey said they had contacted their parent to discuss the parent's online activities.
A Microsoft survey of more than 12,500 teenagers showed that 42 percent had a problem with the way their parents published about them on social media.
The study, & # 39; Civility, Safety and Interaction Online – 2019, & # 39; was led by Microsoft and included more than 12,500 people in 25 different provinces.
Researchers describe parents who post potentially embarrassing or awkward information about their children on social media as & # 39; sharenting & # 39 ;.
USA TEEN MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIC BY THE NUMBERS
Young people in the US suffer from alarming rates of mental health problems.
Experts estimate that one in five American children has a mental illness.
By the time they reach adulthood, 20 percent of people in the US have had at least one depressive episode.
Nevertheless, the treatment diagnosis and treatment is lagging behind
They did not investigate whether teenagers specifically reported being harassed or antagonized because of their parents' behavior, but two-thirds of the teenagers in the survey said they were victims of & # 39; online risk & # 39; and were worried about a repeat.
Social media can bring out even the worst in parents and provide a platform that applauds harsh and small criticisms of teenagers who are still learning about themselves and society.
Being criticized, especially in public, can be devastating for teenagers, according to psychotherapist Sean Grover.
& # 39; If you constantly criticize your children, they will feel like a failure, & # 39; Grover writes.
The words of & # 39; parents & # 39; are powerful and influence the changing identity of a teenager. Teenagers can behave tough, but among them they have a very vulnerable sense of self. & # 39;
Advice from the researcher to parents: & # 39; Do not post anything online that you would not like to see on a billboard. & # 39;
Psychologists say that teenagers may be more sensitive to criticism because they are still developing.
30 percent of teenagers reported that they had no problem with their parents' social media posts.
28 percent of teenagers said their parents asked permission before they post about them.
66 percent of teenagers had experienced an online risk event and were afraid that a similar event would happen again in the future.
Microsoft researchers encourage parents to think better about how and why they post about their children on social media.
& # 39; Sharing or not sharing is the decision of an individual family, but if the choice is to share, parents should be attentive, exercise discretion and not unintentionally reveal too much, including the real full names, ages, dates of birth, home addresses , mother's girl names, favorite sports teams, pet names and photos, to name a few, & # 39; advice from researchers.
Only 28 percent of the teenagers surveyed said their parents had never posted about them without first asking permission.
& # 39; Carefully share & # 39; must be everyone's mantra, both online and offline, & say researchers.
The ultimate advice: & # 39; Not & # 39; post something online that you would not like to see on a billboard. & # 39;
That is just as true when posting about someone's children as themselves.
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