- Center for the Digital Future - http://www.digitalcenter.org -

Are you monitoring your kids on social media?

Many parents or guardians monitor their children’s involvement with social networking sites such as Facebook. The Center’s Digital Future Study asks: is this monitoring affected by the income and educational level of the parents or guardians?

1. Looking at income:

The study found that 68.1% of parents or guardians with a household income of $50,000-$99,999 said that they monitor what their children do on social networking sites.

This response compares with 67.3% of those with household incomes of $29,999 or less, 63.4% of those with incomes of $100,000 or more, and 58.2% of those from households that make from $30,000 to $49,999.

In other words, household income is not really a determinant of the likelihood of parents or guardians monitoring their children’s involvement in online social networking.

2. Is there a relationship between level of education and parental monitoring of children’s social media?

In the current study, 69.4% of parents or guardians with a high school education said they monitor what their children do on social networking sites.

This finding compares with 66.7% of parents or guardians with less than a high school education, 63.3% of those with a college education or more, and 59.8% of parents or guardians who have some college education or an associate’s degree.

Again, parents and guardians of all educational levels are generally equally likely to monitor their children’s activities on social networking sites.
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October 24, 2017