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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.