Today’s teenagers, the first generation to grow up with the Internet and social media, are setting a good example for older generations when it comes to managing their online reputation, according to a recent Pew Internet report.
As the first digital natives, they know how online privacy works. “Most teens have checked their Facebook privacy settings relatively recently,” according to the study. They also know its limits: “There is a common attitude among focus group participants that as soon as something is posted online, there is a risk that it is no longer private.” Rather than obsessively guarding the information and content that they post online, most teens opt for what Pew describes as a “one-size-fits-all-approach” that even includes their parents. “There isn’t any information that I would hide from my parents and not my friends, and vice versa,” one boy said. (more…)