Teens and Privacy with Mobile Devices

This isn’t our regular subject area but I felt that some of you would find the matter interesting.

It appears that teens are far more aware of privacy issues with their mobile devices then what common knowledge suggests. Many parents, on discovering some of the open purges of information on their teen tend to freak out a little bit — and it seems that a recent study suggests perhaps freaking is a bit more vigorous than we need. A simple query might cover the subject.

Umm.. no… I’m not talking about anyone in particular… why would you ask?


A Pew Internet and American Life survey shows how teens 12 to 17 years old think about privacy when using mobile apps. While some are nonchalant about the kind of personal information some apps collect, more than half avoid some apps due to privacy concerns.

Though socio-economics are a factor, that’s not the predominant issues, probably because many teens favor free apps. “Eight in ten (79%) teen mobile device owners living in households earning $50,000 or more per year download apps, compared with 60% of those living in households earning less than $50,000 per year. Teen app downloading does not vary significantly according to a parent’s education level or by their race or ethnicity,” according to the report.

The full story can be found on the MindShift blog.


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