Roughly two thirds of American teenagers （1） are comfortable enough with their parents to have them as Facebook friends, according to a new study.
But 16 percent of students said befriending （2） their parents was a precondition for joining the social networking site and 38 percent said they simply ignored friend requests from their father or mother.
"Facebook … continues to be the new frontier in the ever evolving relationship between parent and child," said Kristen Campbell, of Kaplan Test Prep, which questioned 2,313 students, aged about 16 to 18, about social networking trends.
The study showed that 65 percent of teens "are not hiding and that is positive," said Campbell, an executive director at the company that develops college prep programs.
For many young Americans Facebook offers an opportunity to remain independent from their parents, according to Campbell.
"Even though parents are very involved and very active, Facebook allows young people to exert their independence," she explained. "They want part of their lives to be private."
In some instances, parents and their children decide to mutually keep their Facebook lives separate. Even though many teens ignore friend requests from their parents, 82 percent of teens report that their parents are either "very involved" or "somewhat involved" in their academic lives.
Campbell described Facebook as a natural step in being connected for a generation that has grown up with the Internet. "This is a generation that's communicating electronically and now the lines of communication are open in new ways."
Nielsen questioned 1,024 parents and 500 children aged 13 to 17 for the online poll. Three quarters of parents questioned in a Nielsen survey said they are friends with their children on the popular social networking website which boasts 500 million active users. But a third admitted they are worried they are not seeing everything their children are doing on the web.
Perhaps with good reason, as nearly 30 percent of teens said if given the choice they would unfriend （3） their parents.
"The No. 1 parenting issue, as least with my discussion with parents, is living on Facebook," said Regina Lewis, a consumer adviser with online services company AOL, which jointly developed the survey.
"I thought the percentage of parents who were friends with their kids was strikingly high. It is more than 70 percent," she said, adding that children were twice as likely to want to unfriend their mother than their father.
The friending issue is a delicate （4） balancing act between children thriving for more independence and their parents' desire to see what is going on to make sure （5） their children are safe.
In nearly half of cases, children said they would prefer to be friends with their parents privately on the web without their parents having the ability to post comments.
Whether they are friends or not, Lewis said that to be responsible parents need to keep an eye on what their children are doing online.
1. teenager (n.) 青少年
2. befriend (v.) 交友
3. unfriend (v.) 解除好友關係
4. delicate (a.) 微妙的
5. make sure (v.) 確定、查明