72% of parents have their child's Facebook password (infographic)

72% of parents have their child's Facebook password (infographic)

Summary: This infographic discusses the relationship between children and their parents on Facebook. Some of the statistics surprised me, given how little my parents know about the social network.

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If you're a parent with a child who has a Facebook account, do you know his or her password? It turns out that some 72 percent of parents do in fact know how to access their offspring's account on the social network.

The findings come from Lab42, a market research company which surveyed 500 social media users between December 9 and December 12, 2011:

Guilty of stalking your child's Facebook page in your spare time? Or poking fun at your mom for that time she asked you what a Facebook wall was? Social networking is bringing an entirely new dimension to family interactions. At Lab42, we were especially curious how parent and child relationships played out on Facebook. We wanted to know exactly how parents communicated with their children on Facebook, and if they had concerns about their children's use of the site. To get the details, we surveyed parents with Facebook accounts.

The online survey was conducted via social networks, but because it is not based on a probability sample, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. In other words, take the results with a grain of salt. If you prefer text to infographic, here's what the firm found:

  • 92 percent of parents are Facebook friends with their children.
  • Of those parents, 55 percent the Friend Request and 45 percent received it.
  • 50 percent of parents are engaging with brands and products on Facebook.

There's more. Parents say they look at their kid's Facebook profile for the following reasons: Safety (40 percent), Curiosity (15 percent), Both (41 percent), and Other (4 percent). As for how often, the breakup looks like this: daily (43 percent), 4-5 times per week (31 percent), once per month (11 percent), sporadically (14 percent), and never (1 percent).

What are parents concerned about? 56 percent believe Facebook is a distraction from homework, chores, or other activities. 45 percent believe their children aren't spending enough time with friends and family because of Facebook. 41 percent think their children are meeting strangers on Facebook. 24 percent don't have any concerns regarding their children's Facebook use, but some are worried about bullying: thinking their children are doing the bullying (17 percent) or are being bullied (16 percent).

As for interacting on Facebook, 55 percent of parents write on their child's Wall, 54 percent of children write on their parents' Wall, and 51 percent of each group comment on each other's photos. On the flipside, 29 percent of parents can only see their child's limited profile.

Last but not least, parents were asked to rate their Facebook proficiency: I know how to do almost everything (63 percent), I know all the basic functions (32 percent), and I still have a lot to learn (5 percent). 24 parents said they get made fun of by their children for lack of Facebook knowledge.

My mother is not on Facebook but my father just joined this month to find a friend. We are not friends on the site. What's your experience with parents on Facebook?

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: 72% of parents have their child's Facebook password (infographic)

    sure parents see their childs facebook page and maybe even have the password - but is the one they see the only account their child has - I wonder?
    cymru999
  • RE: 72% of parents have their child's Facebook password (infographic)

    also I think the percentage will vary enormously depending on the age you set as being a child - most 15 year olds would demand some privacy. I dont believe facebook is any more dangerous than walking in the park and having strangers talk to me when I was young - it is a know fact that many times more children are assaulted by people they know and trust in real life than by strangers or facebook contacts. I believe we are living in a paranoid society that sees danger around every corner.
    cymru999
  • RE: 72% of parents have their child's Facebook password (infographic)

    Cymru, I think with all the time kids are on Facebook these days its hard for most to have another account. i think if there was a lot of activity then nothing is when the parent needs to step up and see why. Also a parent could tell from the way their friends interact with them on their page if there is more then one.

    Facebook and other social media sites are far more dangerous then your child walking down the street. you can become a 'friend' and then the say bad guy gets close lying then from there gets to earn your childs trust then can hurt them more. This also is letting the bad guy in to your home where the child feels safe and there for isn't on gaurd like they are when they are at the park

    Also with the sites there is far more bulling going on then any one realizes and those are not something that is easily gotten over look at all the suicides from bulling from social media sites.

    I made a point that when my kids signed up for anything online there were set ground rules. I know their pass words i am their friend and I can/will go in tot their accounts when ever I want to, the same thing with their cell phones. I trust my sons I just don't trust every one else in the world. I could care less if my sons wanted the privacy If they have a problem with me seeing what they are doing they shouldn't be doing it.
    Mommyland