Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference #47

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Tina Kiesler
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Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference
SATISFICING THE PRIVACY OF YOUTH Kristen L. Walker, Ph.D. & Tina Kiesler, Ph.D. California State University Northridge Abstract We examine the conditions under which parents try to educate and protect their child(ren)'s online digital device use and information exchange. We focus on parental digital literacy and their strategies to protect the digital collection of information about their children. Using a mixed-method approach, we surveyed 54 parents/caregivers of middle school youth and conducted in-depth interviews with ten parents about their online behaviors, their device ownership and use, and their monitoring and online privacy-protection behaviors with their child(ren). The findings demonstrate that parents are concerned, confused, and continually striving to keep up with technology. Yet they increasingly rely on devices and technology to help them monitor their children. They surrender to technology, often leaving gaps in the protection of information shared online and through digital behavior by their children under 13 years of age. Parents are challenged with time constraints and are often unable to carefully consider and implement protection strategies for themselves, making it more difficult to protect their children in their online information exchanges. This hinders their ability to make informed choices on behalf of their children because they lack the digital data literacy necessary to adequately protect their privacy. If parents are unable to effectively protect their children's privacy, who will?