New FOSI Research on Teen Online Privacy, Identity Theft

rz-tf2-2The big annual Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) show is going on this week in Washington D.C., and as they usually do, FOSI has released some new research concurrent with the event.

This week’s key research covers online activity of U.S. teens, and is entitled “Teen Identity Theft: Fraud, Security and Steps Teens are taking to Protect Themselves Online.”

Notable metrics and developments versus 2013 from the report, which surveyed 558 teens between 13 – 18 years of age and was conducted in October of this year, are as follows:

Teens are more concerned about online privacy – 76% of teens surveyed are very or somewhat concerned about their personal information online, up from 65% in 2012

Girls more so than boys – 81% or girls are very or somewhat concerned about their personal information vs. 72% for boys

Teens are still sharing passwords – 34% have shared user names and passwords with someone who is not their parent

Not using privacy settings – Only 57% of teens are using privacy settings for all of their devices and social networks. 10% use no privacy settings at all

Preferred networks are shifting – Teens reporting using Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine and have all increased vs. last year, or numbers were so small as to not be reported last year

The results offer a pretty clear warning in two areas and are easy to fix; teens (and older users) need to keep their passwords to themselves, and should be taking advantage of the privacy settings offered by the social networks they use.


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