Teens, tech, and parents: Who's fooling who?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The recent survey on Quibblo found that teens are most likely to hide their online activities from their parents (44 percent) versus the time they spend with their boyfriend/girlfriend (21 percent) or how they are doing in school (15 percent). Most tweens/teens (56 percent) said their parents do not know that they have a boyfriend or girlfriend and 34 percent said they've snuck out of the house without their parents knowing.

The survey also found that tweens/teens are more likely to turn to friends if they have a problem with their boyfriend/girlfriend (81 percent) and for advice about bullying (51 percent). Most tweens/teens (71 percent) would not take advice from a parent about fitting in at school; likewise 54 percent wouldn't take their parents' advice on a relationship. In fact, 45 percent of teens say relationships are the hardest thing to talk to their parents about.

When asked which parent they are mostly likely to talk to, 68 percent of tweens/teens said they were more likely to share with their mother than their father (18 percent were more likely to share with their father). The majority (72 percent) of respondents said that they've talked with their parents about drugs and alcohol. However, only 54 percent have talked with their parents about sex.

Overall, 36 percent of teens stated that they believe their parents try harder than they do to build a relationship; only 13 percent said they believe that they try harder; meanwhile 33 percent believe that both they and their parents try equally hard to build a relationship; while 18 percent said they believe neither they nor their parents try. Ultimately most (77 percent) believe they have a good relationship with their parents.

Full survey results:

http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/9dIrKBx/Do-You-Talk-to-your-Parents?skip_to_results=1

Which parent are you most likely to talk to?

68% my mom

18% my dad

14% I don't talk to my parents at all

What are you most likely to hide from your parents?

44% stuff I do online

21% how much time I spend with my bf/gf

15% how I'm doing in school

Do your parents know all your good friends?

53% most of them

30% no

17% yes, all of them

Do your parents know if you have a BF/GF?

56% no, they don't know

32% yes, they know because I told them

12% yes, they found out

Have your parents ever forbid you to be friends with someone?

52% no

48% yes

Have you ever snuck out of the house?

34% yes

66% no

If you had a problem with your BF/GF, who would you turn to?

81% my friends

9% my parents

9% my siblings

If you had problems with kids picking on you, who would you turn to?

51% my friends

29% my parents

Would you take your parents' advice on boys/girls if they gave it to you?

54% no

46% yes

Would you take your parents' advice about fitting in at school if they gave it to you?

71% no

29% yes

Have you talked to your parents about sex?

10% yes, I asked about it

44% yes, they brought it up

47% no

Have you talked to your parents about drugs or alcohol?

72% yes

28% no

From conversations with parents, which do you think is their priority for you?

47% school

36% being happy

8% nothing, they don't care

What's the hardest thing to talk to your parents about?

45% relationships

37% everything

Do you feel you have a good relationship with your parents?

78% yes

22% not at all

Who do you think tries harder at building a relationship?

36%, parents try harder

34%, I think both of us try hard