Recent Study Says Teens are Sharing Less

New research shows that Generation Z favors anonymous or self-destructing social media over  more permanent and identifiable identities on Facebook or Twitter, and they’re voting with their feet; some studies estimate that over 11 million young people have left Facebook since 2011. So before we know it, our ubiquitous digital footprints may look like more like dinosaur tracks.

The Cassandra Report, released by  the Intelligence Group, a consumer insight and research company, found that 55% of post-millennial respondents said they don’t like things that last forever online, and another 55% said they’d rather be anonymous than vocal. And 76% said they thought other people shared too much.

The 2013 Cassandra report found that 18% of teens say they share a lot about themselves online, down from 24% in the 2012 report.

This is encouraging news. The next step is to carefully chose the people that “follow” them online. Many teens add followers without having any idea who they are. Last year’s arrest of a local baseball coach is a cautionary tale. The high school coach impersonated a woman online was able to obtain nude photos and videos from more than 100 male students from his school. We need to work towards reducing our children’s exposure to sexual predators.

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Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.