Parents: Social Networks Not Protecting Child Privacy

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Monday, October 11, 2010

Parents: Social Networks Not Protecting Child Privacy

A new nationwide poll out today reveals parents and teens don't think social networks are doing a good job of protecting kids' online privacy.

Three out of four parents (75%) say they would negatively rate the job social networks are doing, according to the survey of more than 2,000 parents and 400 teens by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization focused on helping kids and families negotiate the social media galaxy.

"American families are deeply worried. Privacy is a huge concern," said James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, who wants to see lawmakers update online privacy policies.

"Obviously we're going to need updated online privacy laws which haven't been changed since 1998, which is like Medieval, centuries ago. We need to put heavy pressure on the industry," he says.

The poll also revealed:

•85% of parents say they're more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.

•91% of parents think that search engines and social networking sites should not be able to share kids' physical location.

•79% of teens think their friends share too much personal information online.

Source: USA Today