According data from the Internet security firm AVG, 92 percent of kids in the U.S. have digital footprints before the age of 2, and that’s not because they posted all those embarrassing pictures themselves. So it should come as no surprise that when they grow up, they’ll have something to say about it. And no, it’s not, “good one, dad.”
Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Washington recently asked kids in 249 families across 40 states about how their parents used technology, and let’s just say kids, ages 10 to 17, weren’t impressed. They were twice as likely as their parents to think the parents were sharing too much of the kids’ personal information, including the ones you insist are just too cute not to share. And they were even less kind when it came to texting — they see you texting while driving and, frankly, you’re scaring the crap out of them. Also, would it kill you to look up from your phone during face-to-face interactions? Imagine how weird you would’ve turned out if your parents never looked up from their landline at the dinner table.
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Of course, these kids aren’t talking about you specifically. Then again, their parents didn’t think so, either — the majority of adults surveyed said other parents were far worse about sharing kids’ info or texting while driving than they were. Then they went back to checking Instagram to see how many likes their last baby pic got. While driving.