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Pew Report — Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice

This report will be of great interest to those of you at base libraries with a teen clientele and to all parents.

Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

Many teens ages 12-17 report that they usually figure out how to manage content sharing and privacy settings on their own. Focus group interviews with teens suggest that for their day-to-day privacy management, teens are guided through their choices in the app or platform when they sign up, or find answers through their own searching and use of their preferred platform.

At the same time, though, a nationally representative survey of teen internet users shows that, at some point, 70% of them have sought advice from someone else about how to manage their privacy online. When they do seek outside help, teens most often turn to friends, parents or other close family members.

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