“Keeping kids safe no longer only means teaching them about the dangers of alcohol or how to deal with a school bully,” said Tracy Mooney,McAfee Chief Cyber Security Mom. “This report is a wake-up call to the real dangers our teens face when they make themselves vulnerable online.”
The study revealed that despite news headlines, teens are providing more information than they should with strangers:
- 69 percent of 13-17 year olds have updated their status on social networking sites to include their physical location
- 28 percent of teens chat with people they don’t know in the offline world
- Girls are more likely than boys to chat with people online that they don’t know in the offline world, (32 percent vs. 24 percent), and 13-15 year old girls (16 percent) are more likely than boys the same age (7 percent) to have given a description of what they look like.
- 14 percent of 13-17 year olds admit to having engaged in some form of cyberbullying behavior in 2010
- 22 percent say they wouldn’t know what to do if they were cyberbullied.
- 87 percent of teens go online somewhere other than at home
- 54 percent access from their friends’ or relatives’ houses
- 30 percent of teens access the Web through a phone and 21 percent through a video game system
- 23 percent of kids go online anywhere with an open Wi-Fi signal.
- 38 percent of teens close or minimize the browser when their parents enter the room
- 32 percent of teens clear the browser history when they are done using the computer
- 55 percent of 13-17 year olds hide what they do online from parents.