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Survey: Many teens give parents full Facebook access

Jenna Johnson

In many households, if a teenager wants to create a profile on Facebook, he or she has to promise to friend mom or dad -- and let their parents see all photos, wall posts, status updates, videos and friends.

And, according to one study, teens are more likely to give their parents full Facebook access than no access at all.

After the April ACT and May SAT, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions surveyed 973 students who had used their company to prepare for the tests. (Disclosure: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co.)

The survey found that 56 percent of teens with a Facebook account gave a parent full profile access. Meanwhile, 34 percent of the students gave their parents no access at all, and 9 percent gave their parents limited access.

But 58 percent of the teens reported that their parents don't have profiles of their own. If they do, moms were more likely to have a profile (35 percent did) than dads (27 percent had one). And moms were more likely to have full access than dads.

"In a Facebook era, the online arena serves as a new channel for parents to keep tabs on what and how their kids are doing," said Justin Serrano, Kaplan senior vice president, in a statement, "and it's notable that a sizeable percentage of today's teens seem comfortable with that dynamic."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  June 2, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
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"...according to one study, teens WHO TAKE COLLEGE TEST PREP COURSES are more likely to give their parents full Facebook access than no access at all."

There, fixed that for you.

Posted by: MaxH | June 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

MaxH - LOL you're exactly right! The parents who are involved enough to have their kids take test prep courses are also involved in their online activities. This is news? Can you say demographics? Wonder what the percentages in run of the mill US teens.

Posted by: martintomsal | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd be interested to see a more inclusive study including not only if kids are friends with their parents, but also with coaches, teachers, friends' parents, aunts and uncles, et cetera.

Posted by: sarahee | June 4, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Check out this funny Onion News video on the same theme: parents trying to monitor their kids on Facebook.

Posted by: firebird32 | June 6, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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