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Lifelock recently conducted a U.S. survey of more than 700 teens between the ages of 13 to 17 to learn their online and social networking habits.
“We really wanted to know from teens directly what are you telling your parents versus what are you really doing and we found out three out of four teens are that they are over sharing personal information online,” Lifelock Corporate Communications Senior Vice President Tami Nealy said.
The results also found that 42 percent of teens are strongly concerned about identity theft yet share information on social media making them susceptible to becoming a victim.
“People with bad intentions can go on to open lines of credit they can go out and get fake driver’s licenses make passports it can lead to a lot of damage,” Nealy said.
She suggests some tips.
“What we really need to understand is when you’re shopping online or when you’re going anywhere where have to share personal credentials. You want to make sure that the website has changed h-t-t-p-s that tells you that your on a secure environment the information you’re putting in can’t be stolen during that transition,” Nealy said.
Nealy says many parents want to friend their child on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, but what they don’t know is that sometimes their child has created a different account that they don’t know about.
“As parents these teens are being a little bit sneaky trying to go behind our backs we really need to stay on top of it and monitor it,” Nealy said.
She says parents should discuss with their kids about what they share online and the potential risks of sharing too much.
“If you create a safe environment for the kids and tell them hey I’m not trying to take you off of social media I want you to be as safe as possible when on here let’s discuss what those parameters are,” Nealy said.
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