Statistics


What Parents can do:
  • Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.

  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.

  • Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.

  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.

  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.

  • Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.




    Statistics

    7% of teens (12-17) play computer, web, portable, or console games.

  • 27% of teens (12-17) play games with people they don’t know online.


  • Predators that seek youths vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/video, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.

  • Boys who are gay or questioning their sexuality are particularly at risk. 25% of victims are boys and almost all of their offenders are male.

  • 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.

  • In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves.


  • 4% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say that they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.

  • 15% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.


  • 73% of teens (12-17) have profiles on social networking sites.

  • 47% of teens (12-17) have uploaded photos; 14 % have posted videos.


  • 75% of teens (12-17) have cell phones.

  • On average, texting teens (12-17) send and receive 1500 text messages a month.

  • 1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.

  • Girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying (38% girls vs. 26% boys).

  • 97% of teens (12-17) play computer, web, portable, or console games.

  • 27% of teens (12-17) play games with people they don’t know online.



  • Teens often include the following information on their social networking profiles:

o Real age (50%)

o Photos of themselves (62%)

o City they live in (41%)

o School name/location (45%)

o Videos of friends (16%)

o Videos of themselves (14%)

o Their cell phone number (14%)

o Places where they typically go (9%



Sources: http://www.netsmartz.org/safety/statistics

http://www.internetsafety101.org/Socialnetworkingstats.htm