- 70% of surveyed teens believed that the information they put online and sent to friends would be private.
- Of this 70%, 37% of females and 22% of males had emailed a picture of themselves to somebody else on the internet.
- 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.
Normally, I shy away from fear based posts -- there are more than enough of those. However, I think this is simply a case of believing that parents should try to get a handle on who their children are spending time with. Most parents want to know if their kid is hanging out with someone who is "trouble." As researchers, we know that peer behavior is a strong predictor of and influence on a youth's behavior. So know who your kid is hanging with online the same way you would want to know who is hosting the party and who is going to be there. Because although your child's new online friend is probably not one of those predators from Dateline, he or she could be a bully, heartbreaker or manipulator. Are those the type of friends you want your child meeting or sending pictures to?