A recent study from the American Psychological Association found some interesting results regarding the statistics of Internet predators and today's youth.
That is when a teen sends nude or semi nude pictures of themselves and sends them to other people with their cell phone. However, many teens remain unconcerned about the risks of sharing personal info on the Internet and nearly two-thirds post photos or videos of themselves on social networks like Facebook and Friendster.
The findings are from the third annual survey Cox and NCMEC have fielded to help parents realize the potential dangers of the Internet.
Many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal info online.
A majority of teens (58%) do not think posting photos or other personal info on social networking sites is unsafe. Nearly half of teens (47%) are not worried about others using their personal info in ways they do not want (although that represents a 10-percentage-point improvement over the previous year).
About half (49%) are unconcerned posting personal info online might negatively affect their future.
(Most employers now do a search for their prospective employees.With some of the information and pictures I have found on Facebook, they should be concerned.) Most hiring managers and HR departments use search engines to research applicants?Of course, the children do not tell their parents whom they are chatting with so how are parents supposed know who their kids are chatting with on the Internet.With the advent of Facebook and the other thousands of social networking and chat sites on the Internet, danger is only a click away.The Internet predators are out there and your kids are willingly chatting with them.It seems that there is another dangerous trend that teenagers are participating in called Sexting. Research by Cox Communications Inc., in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ® (NCMEC) and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh reveals that more parents are talking to their children about the potential dangers of the Internet.