Facebook has decided to let teenagers share their posts even more broadly.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook users between the ages of 13 and 17 will be able to set their posts as “public,” meaning that they can be viewed by anyone on Facebook, not just friends and friends of friends.
This shift in policy appears designed to allow Facebook to compete even better against other social media sites that allow for teen public posts, such as Twitter, but what will it mean for teens?
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Today’s teens certainly constitute the social media generation. And a recent study titled “Teens, Social Media and Privacy” by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sheds light on this phenomenon.
Significant findings include the following:
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Most of us have heard about sexting — the practice of people sharing naked pictures of themselves online. Indeed, there have been press reports that suggest texting has become the latest teenage craze. Fact or fiction? Perhaps a bit of both.
Recent studies by the journal Pediatrics show that 1% of children between the ages of 10 to 17 have engaged in sexting. About the same percentage have shared less explicit but still suggestive photos of themselves. And 7% report that they had been the recipient of either type of photo.
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