Students finally wake up to Facebook privacy issues

Are we selling younger generations short in the way that they deal with internet safety issues? This article suggests that in fact the opposite may indeed be the case and that over the past year they have become very much cognisant of the ways in which their privacy can be maintained. The question was raised as to why there has been a significant change in the use of Facebook privacy controls.

Students care about Facebook privacy more than the world thinks, and their use of privacy controls has skyrocketed recently, according to two researchers. Eszter Hargittai, Associate Professor of Northwestern University, and Danah Boyd, Research Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society published their findings in the online peer-reviewed journal First Monday, noting that young people are very engaged with the privacy settings on Facebook, contrary to the popular belief that their age group is reckless with what they post publicly.

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