Parents on Facebook: To friend or not to friend? (infographic)

Summary:A new Facebook study suggests some of the reasons why parents and children connect on the social networking site.

Are you keeping tabs on your child's online behaviour and connections? You may not be the only one.

A new research infographic released by lab42 studied parental habits on social networks from December 9 – December 12, 2011, using a sample of 500 social media users.

According to the study, 92 percent of parents are Facebook friends with their children. One major concern for parents and the reason they connected with their children over the online network is cited as safety and worries over bullying.

Surprisingly, the research suggests that a marginally higher percentage of parents are worried that their children are bullying others on Facebook, rather than experiencing cyberbullying themselves.

72 percent of parents hold the keys to their child's Facebook account, and 55 percent indicated they were also making sure the networking site isn’t it interfering with homework, chores or family activities.

Most parents check their child's Facebook on a daily basis -- 43 percent -- while 31 percent monitor accounts four or five times a week.

However, parents aren't the only ones checking out their family's profile pages. Children also demonstrated active connections to their parents, 54 percent of whom write on their parent's walls and 51 percent stated they comment on photos.

Parents appear to send friend requests more than children, with comparitive values at 55 percent and 45 percent.

For more statistics concerning this, check out the infographic below.


Topics: Social Enterprise


Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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