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Poll: "Privacy Matters" for Parents and Teens on Social Media

Do you care about your privacy? 90% of parents and teens say they do.

Feeling overwhelmed by the news about Cambridge Analytica, Alexa mishaps, and Facebook "bugs"? Common Sense and SurveyMonkey recently polled parents and teens to learn more about how families view personal data on social media. Here's what we learned: Privacy does matter for parents and teens on social media.

  • More than nine in 10 parents and teens think it's important that sites clearly label what data they collect and how it will be used.
  • The majority of teens (69 percent) and parents (77 percent) say it's "extremely important" for sites to ask permission before selling or sharing their personal information.
  • Very few people think sites do a good job of explaining what they do with users' information. Only a third of teenagers (36 percent) and a quarter of parents (25 percent) agree that social networking sites and apps do a good job of explaining what they do with users' data.

Families are doing their part to set parental controls and double-check privacy settings. However, with every data breach or company misstep, it's becoming clear that there's a lot more to do when it comes to making sure families are in control of their personal information. The burden of safeguarding sensitive data can't be on consumers alone.

Now is the time to put in place strong, modern, pro-kid privacy protections that hold industry accountable when it comes to collecting and using our data. Take three minutes to call your representative and be part of the growing movement demanding stronger protections for kids' digital lives.

Kids Action is working to catalyze tech industry reforms for kids' digital well-being and advancing better policies that ensure privacy, promote digital citizenship, and protect our democracy. Join us.

Elizabeth Galicia