7 out of 10 teens share location on Web, survey says
Seven out of 10 teens are sharing their physical location on the Internet, according to a survey by security firm McAfee. And three out of 10 teens are chatting with strangers on the Web, sometimes sharing photos, e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers.
The survey, commissioned by Harris Interactive, addressed the Internet behaviors and practices of youth between 10 and 17 years old. And the answers of 995 youth surveyed showed that teens are sharing more about themselves online and are often doing so outside the house or are hiding their online activity from their parents at home.
“This report is a wake-up call to the real dangers our teens face when they make themselves vulnerable online,” said Tracy Mooney, McAfee’s chief cyber security mom (yes, this is a real title).
Indeed, security and privacy experts such as Hemu Nigam, a consultant and former chief privacy and security officer for News Corp., have stressed that parents need to think of protecting their children online in the same way they do in the physical world.
So if a teen is exchanging photos with a stranger online, as 18 percent said they do, according to the McAfee study, a parent should impose the same rules for that behavior as they would if their child gave a printout photo of themselves to a stranger in the park.
Here are highlights from the report:
- Of information shared with strangers, 43 percent of teens give their first name, 24 percent share their e-mail addresses, and 12 percent share their cellphone numbers.
- 87 percent go online somewhere other than home.
- 42 percent don’t tell their parents about their online activity.
June 22, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories: Kids Online , Privacy
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