The number of parents who use social media to share photos, video clips, and videos with their kids is growing, but the social media platforms aren’t necessarily the only ones to use them.
With so many people sharing information, it’s no surprise that a growing number of the time, the content is shared for free, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
More than half of the 2,000 social media apps that the survey used to identify parental use said they had policies in place to limit the amount of content parents can share with their children.
In total, the companies reported that, in 2016, they had more than 9 million policies, policies that include a provision that prohibits parents from sharing content they don’t want their kids to see.
Parents can opt out of sharing content on their own social media sites, but if they want their children to see their content, they have to provide a link to a site that lets them know they can opt-out.
The Pew report said that, based on the companies’ policies, more than 70 percent of parents use at least one of their children’s social media pages to share with them.
However, the report also found that most parents aren’t aware of how their children are using social media.
Just 19 percent of adults and 29 percent of children have “a sense of what the content they are sharing is,” according to the report.
But the report did find that “a growing number” of parents were “overly influenced by their children.”
Only 10 percent of Americans surveyed said their children use social sites at least some of the content their parents share.
And only 12 percent of kids and young adults have “an overall positive view of the platforms they use.”
For parents, this means that they’re often not aware of the tools they’re using, or that they aren’t seeing the same amount of benefit from the platforms that they do.
For example, Pew found that more than half the parents surveyed said that they were surprised by how their child was able to do a number of tasks, such as drawing, playing, or organizing things.
The report also noted that, despite the growing use of social media by kids, only one in four parents said they “used social media with their child in the past year.”
Pew did note that, at least in the US, there’s a trend to be more “mature” in how parents use social platforms.
While Pew’s research found that almost a quarter of parents are using their social networks in an “adult manner,” Pew found more than a third of parents have more “sophisticated” social media use, which can include social media content that’s posted in an adult context.
According to Pew, “This trend may be particularly prevalent among younger parents.”
The report noted that more and more parents are now using social platforms “to reach out to their children and to be part of their daily lives.”
However, Pew noted that there is a “growing disconnect” between what parents are doing with social media and what their children see.
For instance, it noted that in 2017, less than half (47 percent) of parents said that their children have a sense of how the content on social media is shared.
Similarly, fewer than half said their child is “very” or “somewhat” interested in the content that parents share with the kids, while almost two-thirds (65 percent) said their kids don’t view content as being shared in an appropriate way.
And while many parents said their family is using social networks to connect, it was only one-third (32 percent) that they said their parents use them to communicate.
But even that is changing.
In 2017, about a quarter (26 percent) parents said there was “a very clear distinction between their children being able to see the content and their children having a sense that it is shared,” according the report, which also noted a “slightly larger proportion” of families are “more concerned about the safety of their kids.”
“Parents should know that they can take steps to protect their children,” said Mark Z. Danielewski, Pew’s director of social research, in a statement.
“They should be aware of policies that apply to content that their kids share on social platforms and that are shared with them by their kids’ friends.”