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One in Five Online Teens Willing to Meet A Stranger

SOCIAL NETWORKING—SOUTH AUSTRALIA

March 18, 2011

The Australian reports that almost one in five South Australian teens has met a stranger they befriended on Facebook in person, according to a recent survey. The Teenspeak survey polled 500 teens ages 13 to 17 and also found that: 23 percent had been "friended" by a stranger; more than 50 percent post their personal details on their profile pages, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and 30 percent said their parents never checked their computer screen. A Teenspeak researcher from Flinders University said he considers the Internet as dangerous as drugs or alcohol to teens. "But this one doesn't have a stigma," he said.
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