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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.

By Cecilia Kang  |  June 22, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Kids Online , Privacy  
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Cecilia - would you please actually read the report and not just the press release?

The survey reported that "almost half of youth (46 percent) admit to having given out their personal information to someone they didn't know over the Internet," but when they break it down, the survey reveals that "when they do reveal personal information online, youth are most likely to share their first name (36 percent), age (28 percent), and/or e-mail address (19 percent). Only around 1 in 10 have given out slightly more personal information like a photo of themselves, their school name, last name, cell phone number, or a description of what they look like.

The report also shows that there's a decline in cyberbullying. Try reading Larry Magid's great writeup on CNET -

Posted by: fftoad | June 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Talk to teens, and it's clear many know the dangers of giving personal info online.

Yet some still put themselves/enemies at risk. Their online racy photos...profane words...sexual insults...make them "cool" - ESP'LY when their IDS are known

After 15yr-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley MA died, her online abusers were even more bold...creating a "We Murdered Phoebe Prince" FB page - with ID-revealed followers.

One of Phoebe's criminally-charged abusers posted "ACCOMPLISHED" to describe her(the bully's) mood after Phoebe's suicide.



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