|Teens take big risks online|
New study says “The Secret Online Lives of Teens” reveals dangerous behaviors and online trends.
A shocking new report released called “The Secret Online Lives of Teens” is a revealing peek at just how much kids risk when they interact online, and one expert believes it’s more than just a wake-up call.
The study, conducted by Harris Interactive for McAfee, asked 955 American teens (including 593 aged 13-15 and 362 aged 16-17) about their attitudes on Internet privacy. The results are troubling for any parents of teenagers.
• 69 percent of teens freely divulged their physical location
• 28 percent chatted with strangers
Of those who chatted with strangers, defined as people they do not know in the offline world:
• 43 percent shared their first name
• 24 percent shared their email address
• 18 percent posted photos of themselves
• 12 percent posted their cell phone number
What’s more, girls make themselves targets more often than boys: 32 percent of the girl respondents indicated they chat with strangers online vs. 24 percent of boy respondents, according to the survey.
Mary Kay Hoal, a concerned mom and global media expert who addressed her Internet safety issues by creating a social network exclusively for kids and teens–www.yoursphere.com–believes that this is more than just a wake-up call for parents and teens.
She has been studying this issue for more than four years as a result of her daughter’s establishing profiles behind her back on networking sites.