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Parents VS Teens: On Internet Privacy Megan Wolvin

Teenagers today feel entitled to internet privacy

from their parents, and yet they are willing to share information with complete strangers on the internet. What most teens do not realize is how too much sharing can have a negative effect on them. Somini Sengupta wrote an article in the New York Times titled, “Parents of Teenagers Say They Worry That Online Activities Might Hurt Children in the Future.” Parents are aware of the lasting effects that internet usage can have. In fact many parents are trying to help their teens adjust privacy settings to ensure safety. Beyond adjusting privacy controls parents want to see what their children are really up to and they do this through befriending their children on social media. The interview opinions on this subject were all pretty different. Teenagers answers about befriending their parents ranged from “cool with it” to one girl who blocked her parents from being able to see anything on her profile.

the great lengths she took to get a glimpse into her kids social media world. She started by creating a fake account that would hopefully go undetected and accepted by her own kids. This mother started by befriending a bunch of other teens that her own daughters were friends with. Clara Lemlich became her alias and she managed to sneak into her daughters lives undetected. However, what she ultimately found was not all that exciting. Through this experiment she found out that her children were not abusing their internet privileges but just being normal teens. At the end of the article “Clara” outs herself to her kids although she jokingly adds “Of course, they don’t follow me on social media, so they’ll never know.”

“What extremes are parents willing to go through to find out exactly what’s going on in their teenagers life?”

But at what extremes are parents willing to go through to find out exactly what’s going on in their teenagers life? Belinda Luscombe writes “This is How to Stalk Your Teens Online.” Luscombe writes about her experience as a mother and opens up about

This situation is a great example of the great lengths parents will go just to keep a close eye on their teenagers. In the end there was ultimately no real reason for this mother to create an alias to see what her teenage girls were up to. A lot of this uncertainty with parents, the internet, and their teens comes from the newness that still follows the internet and the rise of social media. My parents didn’t grow up with internet none the less social media. I remember being in 8th grade and begging my parents to let me sign up for a MySpace. In order to do so I first needed to create an email account. Already the social network

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The Tech Effect  

A zine exploring digital practices and culture.

The Tech Effect  

A zine exploring digital practices and culture.

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