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Survey: Teens Engage in Risky Behaviors Online

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

June 23, 2010

USA Today reports on survey results that indicate teenagers often participate in risky behaviors online. Released this week, The Harris Interactive survey, commissioned by McAfee and titled "The Secret Online Lives of Teens," polled 955 teens ages 13-17. Of those polled, 69 percent said they divulged their physical location while online and 28 percent said they chatted with strangers. Girls often were more willing to divulge information than boys, with 32 percent saying that they chat with strangers online compared with 24 percent of male respondents. "This is a wake-up call to the real dangers our teens face when they make themselves vulnerable online," said McAfee's chief cyber security mom.
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