More than 60 percent of parents said they’ve checked up on their teens’ Internet usage, text messages and call records, according to a new study released Thursday, NBC News reported.
The study was conducted by Pew Research Center and surveyed parents of teens aged 13 to 17. The study found that more parents take a hands-on approach to monitoring what their children do by monitoring websites, checking social media platforms, and friending or following their teen on social media platforms.
More than 65 percent of parents resorted to “digitally” grounding their kids by taking away their cellphone or Internet privileges. In addition, almost half of parents — 48 percent — said they knew the password to their teens’ email accounts, while 43 percent said they knew cellphone passwords.
While many parents may be actively snooping on their teens, less than a quarter said they used technology to monitor their children’s behavior.