Social networks not protecting kids’ privacy

October 10, 2010 – 8:21 pm | by omer
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According to an opinion poll results released this Friday, arents believe that there children are sharing and receiving way more information than they should at their respective ages via Search Engines like Google , bing and Social Networks sites like facebook, twitter , and many more. This is extremely worrisome for Parents of minors especially.

The survey conducted by Zogby International, revealed that more than 90 percent of the parents showed concern about the content of information shared by their children online, and 75 percent attributed negative to the measures job social networks are taking to protect online privacy.

Common Sense Media, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of families by providing the reliable information needed to succeed in a world of media and technology, conducted a survey to uncover the opinions and concerns of parents on the emerging industry of online search engines and social networking.

Common Sense Media also surveyed 401 teenagers aged 15 to 18 and found out that 79 percent of the teens think their friends share too much personal information online, and 85 percent of them want search engines and social networking sites to ask for permission before using personal information to market products.

2,100 adults were surveys from its online group, which the polling firm says is representative of the adult population of the United States. The adult sampling margin of error is 2.2 percentage 5 percentage for teenagers.

Common Sense Media did not mention the names of any websites or social networks, but the CEO James Steyer did express his concern over the results of the poll saying that there is a dire need for change and Parents would like a lot more education and leadership about online privacy, and they undoubtedly want the industry and the federal government to update privacy policies. For this purpose The Organization is arranging a campaign.

CEO James Steyer said, “We need a ‘Do Not Track Kids’ approach’ similar to the ‘Do Not Call’ policies that restrict telemarketers.”

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