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Survey: Teens Lack Privacy Education on Social Networks

ONLINE PRIVACY—VICTORIA

March 25, 2011

In a recent survey, 72 percent of Victorian teenagers polled said they had received unpleasant or unwanted contact from strangers via online profiles, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Teenagers, Legal Risks and Social Networking Sites survey, led by Monash University, polled 1,000 students at 17 Victorian schools. According to the study, a focus recently on cyberbullying resulted in a lack of education for young people against breaking privacy and copyright laws, among others. "Young people failed to understand the 'significant legal implications' of their actions online," the report states, and "less than 14 percent were concerned about security risks such as identity theft."
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