Teens savvy about online privacy: study


U.S. teenagers are sharing more information about themselves on social-media sites, but taking steps to protect their privacy online, a study showed Tuesday.

The new survey showed 91 percent of those surveyed posted a photo of themselves, up from 79 percent in 2006; 71 percent post the city or town where they live; and 53 percent posted their email address.

But the survey of youth aged 12 to 17 also found 60 percent of Facebook users set their profiles to “private,” which limits who can view their data.

And 56 percent said it was “not difficult at all” to manage privacy controls on their Facebook profile, the survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with Harvard’s Berkman Center said.

A relatively small percentage were concerned about third-party access to their data: just 9 percent were “very concerned.”

Focus group discussions with teens also showed “waning enthusiasm for Facebook.” At the same time, teens are becoming more interested in Twitter: The study found 24 percent of online teens use Twitter, up from 16 percent in 2011.