Why Kids Create Aliases Online and What Parents Can Do

By Toni Birdsong


A new Intel Security study* released last week reveals that teens will go to great lengths to hide what they post from parents, teachers, and even peers.

In a recent Intel Study study, “The Realities of Cyber Parenting: What Pre-teens and Teens Are Up To Online,” 42% of teens surveyed said they created anonymous names or aliases for their social media profiles. Why? The majority (52%) says they are worried about parents or faculty seeing inappropriate content, and one out of three surveyed said their alias so peers would not know they were posting something.

Aliases online are nothing new but it does sting a bit when you realize that perhaps your child is hiding his activity from you online.

Kids can hide their online activity/identity in many ways.

Here are just a few:

  • Alternate emails. Creating multiple email accounts.
  • Bogus profiles. Kids can easily create Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter profiles and will often use nicknames, name jumbling, or use their gaming names.
  • Privacy settings. Facebook and Twitter now have privacy settings that allow any user to share a post with only certain friends and to specifically block others from a post.
  • Private or incognito browsing mode. Every search engine offers users to browse without tracks. This …read more

    Read the full article here: https://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/43778

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