A new Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions survey* of high school students reports that of teens who say their parents are on Facebook, a much higher percentage (56%) provide their parents with full profile access - status updates, party photos and all - than with no access at all (34%). Only 9% of teens give their parents limited access. However, 58% of teens report that their parents are not on Facebook at all - though moms are more likely to have Facebook profiles (35%) than dads (27%). In keeping with the gender differential in Facebook presence, moms are somewhat more likely to have full Facebook access to their teens' profiles (56%) than dads (49%).
Teens' relative comfort level with having a "full access" Facebook relationship with their parents may be due to the high degree of involvement today's parents have in their children's lives otherwise. According to the survey, 81% of teens report their parents are "very" or "somewhat" involved in their academic work - a fact of life that may be a motivating factor in their studies. In fact, 37% of teens reported they would have put more effort into their SAT or ACT prep courses had their parents been able to track their course progress.
"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, and it's notable that a sizeable percentage of today's teens seem comfortable with that dynamic," said Justin Serrano, Senior Vice President, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. "But for the most part, the parent-teen online relationship is still relatively uncharted territory. What we're seeing is that parents are increasingly expressing interest in being able to monitor their kids' progress online, and teens are adjusting to this in different ways."