Study: Two thirds of teens fine with parents being Facebook friends

Reuters has revealed a new study that shows around two thirds of teenagers are comfortable enough with their parents to have them as friends on Facebook. Kristen Campbell, executive director of the company responsible for the study, said that the results show how Facebook "continues to be the new frontier in the ever evolving relationship between parent and child"

Of the 2,313 surveyed, 65 percent said that they were comfortable enough in their relationship with their parents to have them as Facebook friends. 38 percent, however, said that in reality they would ignore requests from their parents, and 16 percent said that being friends with their parents was a condition for joining the website in the first place.

Kristen Campbell heads Kaplan Test Prep, an initiative that develops college prep programmes. The survey revealed that 82 percent are for the most part involved in their academic lives, revealing a level of relationship perhaps nonexistent in earlier times. Describing Facebook as being a natural step for those that have grown up with the internet, Campbell summed up the phenomenon as being "a generation that's communicating electronically and now the lines of communication are open in new ways."

As the lines blur between Facebook relationships and relationships based in reality, it's not surprising to see results such as these appear, but what is interesting is the idea that a generation that grew up without the internet are able to adapt to a new way of socialising. As Facebook grows ever larger, it begs the question of whether this is a passing phase or if Facebook is here to stay for even longer.

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Really. How do you deny a friend invite from your parents. If you are still living in their house and using the computer that either they own or bought you. Would that even seem like a smart idea. Have been saying this for a long time, but there has to be a new social networking site on the horizon. Facebook has completely sold out. Every corporation and federal agency now has a Facebook page. Eventually, people are going to want a place that is not so commercial to interact with their friends; a place where they are not being trolled by their parents.

I'm sure 90% of those who who said 'no' would lose more than their daily allowance if their folk saw their Facebook photos ;-)

As a parent, I can tell you for sure when my daughter gets to the age where she can use Facebook....I will have her account info and be her friend. That will be her payment for being allowed to use it in the first place as she should have nothing to hide. It's not called being nosy, its called being a responsible parent.

KarbonKopy said,
As a parent, I can tell you for sure when my daughter gets to the age where she can use Facebook....I will have her account info and be her friend. That will be her payment for being allowed to use it in the first place as she should have nothing to hide. It's not called being nosy, its called being a responsible parent.

Responsible parents should be able to have done enough teaching to their child, that they can trust their child on their own. Check in every so often of course, but having full access to her Facebook stuff? She should at least deserve some privacy away from family to freely talk to her friends the way she wants. She might want to tell her friends that maybe she didn't like that sweater you bought her, and would like to tell her friends without worrying what you might think.

I think a good number of teens may do some irresponsible things sometimes, but usually on the small side and they learn their mistakes. Just let teens be teens.

Quikboy said,

Responsible parents should be able to have done enough teaching to their child, that they can trust their child on their own. Check in every so often of course, but having full access to her Facebook stuff? She should at least deserve some privacy away from family to freely talk to her friends the way she wants. She might want to tell her friends that maybe she didn't like that sweater you bought her, and would like to tell her friends without worrying what you might think.

I think a good number of teens may do some irresponsible things sometimes, but usually on the small side and they learn their mistakes. Just let teens be teens.

Well said!

honestly, i dont see facebook as a direct result of improved parent/child relationships. these teens see their parents everyday outside of the internet or facebook and already have a relationship established. why would a teen need to communicate to their parents thru facebook to continue having a relationship that existed before facebook was even a thought? i think FB gets too much credit and praise for being nothing more than a communication tool, of which many were around before them.

if i was a teen, i wouldnt need my parents on my facebook and it wouldnt be impacting my relationship with my parents either. maybe teens need to get away from the pc more often and interact in real life. thats the true frontier of communication, certainly not facebook.

I certainly am fine..but i am not a teen Though even if i was a teen i woul dbe ok with that. And even without silly things as lists.

I don't even need to worry about it. My parents have no idea how to sign up for facebook (they think that doing something wrong can screw up their computers so, they don't even try. My mom is scared to plug in her camera... I tell her "There's two spots to plug it in your laptop. It only goes in one way, and if you try to put it in somewhere else, it won't fit."

IF i was a teen i wouldnt mind. im 29 and i dont mind my parents being my friends on facebook.

When i was in high school i was sooo busy i did not have time to do anything stupid. School till 230, then soccer practice till 5 then work til 10 then homework then bed and all over again.

Sprinkled inbetween that was backstage for the musical.

Personally, I like to keep family and friends separate. I have many siblings, all of whom have Facebook accounts; however, I haven't received any requests nor have I sent them any. I don't see the point in becoming "friends" with people I see on a daily basis.

Anaron said,
I don't see the point in becoming "friends" with people I see on a daily basis.

Doesn't that sound awkward to you guys? It did to me.

Setnom said,

Doesn't that sound awkward to you guys? It did to me.


Yes it does, but I got what he wanted to say. It's your family, it's supposed that you can contact it easily without the need of a website...

OceanMotion said,
Like most young folk on Facebook they add everyone no matter who they are.

Yeah, that funny thing with the kids. You're cooler with the more friends you have. Or that's how some think.

Singh400 said,
Study: 2/3 of teens who have parents/family added as friend, know how to use the feature called 'lists'.

Yep, privacy settings, that's the secret !

Singh400 said,
Study: 2/3 of teens who have parents/family added as friend, know how to use the feature called 'lists'.

I have lists for guys, women and family. Then I filter things individually for the one or two here or there that I don't want seeing certain posts, photos or info. Lists are definitely the answer for bulk but you can also use the rules individually too.

Lies! I mean seriously, I even cringe when accepting family requests. There's the friends and there's the family, and some things I just want to keep them to my friends.

Glassed Silver said,
Well as long as there are privacy settings and groups and all that

GS:mac


LOL! Yeah thats for sure without them I would like to see those teens having their parents as friends.

Glassed Silver said,
Well as long as there are privacy settings and groups and all that

GS:mac


You don't use groups for privacy settings. You use lists. I made that mistake by creating a group called "ignore" and adding people to it. Wasn't I surprised to see that they accepted my group invite request.

Shadrack said,

You don't use groups for privacy settings. You use lists. I made that mistake by creating a group called "ignore" and adding people to it. Wasn't I surprised to see that they accepted my group invite request.
LOL, awkward.

Shadrack said,

You don't use groups for privacy settings. You use lists. I made that mistake by creating a group called "ignore" and adding people to it. Wasn't I surprised to see that they accepted my group invite request.

Maybe, but still... you might not wanna call it "ignore!... "Family" would be for family...

Your group probably has been mixed, so... lol epic fail is epic!
Actually cool if people start accepting such an invite... whut the?

GS:lin

Neobond said,
I'm fine with it too, but not all those application/game requests .. which I ignore!

+1 My mom likes all kind of cute things like farmville, gift sharing.... IGNORE! :-D

I don't have any problem either, is actually a good way to stay in touch