Sharing Passwords for Teens to Access Online Accounts

Sharing Passwords for Teens to Access Online Accounts

Sharing passwords for teens to access online accounts is not a new concept, but there are more site and more opportunities to cause harm to your teen.

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A recent report from the Pew Research Center discussed that 1 in 5 girls share their passwords with a friend. Reports further explained that teens who use five or more social sites are most likely to share their password with a friend.

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Why would teenage girls share such personal information?

 

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Its a real life social game. In some groups, girls understand the dangers of sharing their passwords yet they continue to share passwords to show trust. In most cases the girls know it is a game, and are often asked ‘do you trust me? By their friends to coax them into sharing their password. A friend may say ‘let me log into your account I’ll post the picture for you then log’ off. As the number of social media sites increase the likelihood of teens sharing their passwords among their friends will grow.

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What are the ramifications in sharing your password as a teen?

 

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Teens reported that things can get stolen online, some reported different forms of retaliation and bullying from social media after sharing her password. By sharing their passwords, girls are exposing a part of their personal life they most likely do not want others to see, not even their parents. Therefore, the risk in sharing their password could be very harmful, embarrassing and possibly shameful.

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How to inform teen girls that their password is not worth sharing.

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  • Talk with your teens about their social accounts

  • Be aware of how many account they have

  • Talk with your teens about the importance of their privacy and the importance of password protections

  • Try and reiterate the harm that could come from social media sabotage and how this could harmful

  • Provide examples of what you would not want to happen to your social media account

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Remember that teens are more aware of new social media sites and as the number of social media sites increase the likelihood of teens sharing passwords among their friends will grow.

 

If you have questions about social media account privacy or password protection, please email me or leave a comment below.