Canadian Teens Are Unaware of Internet Dangers
The study, performed in partnership between Microsoft Canada and Ipsos-Reid, surveyed a large number of teens of ages ranging from 10-14 years on a number of privacy-related topics.
The results are staggering.
70% of the teens questioned indicated that they believed that the information they put online and sent to friends would be private.
Of this 70%, it was found that 37% of females and 22% of males had emailed a picture of themselves to somebody else on the internet.
Other statistics pulled from the survey:
- 33 per cent of children age 10 to 14 spend 6-10 hours a week online while 26 per cent spend more than 10 hours a week online.
- 25 per cent of children would feel safe getting together with a person they have only met online and talked to for a long time online.
- 17 per cent of children say they have used the Internet in the middle of the night.
- 11 per cent have been asked by a stranger for personal information while online such as their full name, home address and phone number.
- One in 10 youth do not know all of the people on their friends/messaging list.
- Two in five 10 year olds always participate in instant messaging when online.
- 26 per cent of children age 10 to 14 have seen hateful messages.
- 96 per cent of parents have spoken with their children about dangers to be aware of online.
What do you think? How could parents do a better job to keep their children out of harms way on the ‘net?
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