ESSENCE Poll: Should Parents Monitor Their Teen On Social Media?

A recent survey from Kaplan, the test prep company, showed a rise in the percentage of college admission officers that Google and visit applicants’ social media pages.

Out of the 422 college admission officers surveyed, 31 percent say they check students’ social media pages. That number is up from 24 percent in 2011. The amount of officers that Google students has gone up from 20 percent in 2011 to 29 percent 2013. While these colleges are still in the minority, it’s clear the numbers are rising.

With the growing amount of implications that can come from poor social media behavior, we must ask parents if they monitor their kids’ behavior on these platforms.

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What do you think? Is it a parent’s responsibility to monitor their teenager on social media or should they be allowed to use their accounts as personal outlets of self-expression?

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