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Family, yes, but not necessarily friends on Facebook

Thirty-five percent of teens whose parents are on Facebook report that they actually are not online friends with them. Thirty-five percent of teens whose parents are on Facebook report that they actually are not online friends with them, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s latest survey on social networking trends and practices. Of that group, 38 percent of teens indicated they had ignored mom or dad’s friend request.

“Although for generations high school students have come to accept and even embrace their parents’ involvement in their academic work and the college admissions process, Facebook continues to be the new frontier in the ever evolving relationship between parent and child,” said Kristen Campbell, executive director, college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep.

“When a teen ignores a parent’s friend request, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are hiding something, but it could mean that this is one particular part of their life where they want to exert their independence. Alternatively, some parents and their children may actually mutually decide to keep their Facebook lives private from one another.”

In another key finding, 16 percent of teens who are friends with their parents on Facebook report that being friends with them was a pre-condition for being allowed to create their own profile.

A separate May 2010 Kaplan Test Prep survey of 973 high school students found that of teens who said their parents were on Facebook, 56 percent provided their parents with full profile access – status updates, party photos and all – while 34 percent said their parents had no access. Approximately 9 percent of teens gave their parents limited access.

The survey was conducted by e-mail of 2,313 Kaplan Test Prep students who took the SAT and/or ACT between June 2010 and December 2010.

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