Generation Divide 9th grader: “My parents don’t understand that I’ve been online since I was in 2nd grade. I know what to watch out for.” Parent: “I feel like I’m always on the outside looking in. Technology is making it hard to relate to my child.” Teacher: “I need to find way to entertain my students. We have to cut through the cloud of information and media surrounding them to capture their attention
A 2011 survey found that 47% of adults used a social network
In 2011, HCL Technologies conducted research which showed that 50% of employers had banned the use of social networking sites/services during office hours
In May 2010, a child pornography social networking site with hundreds of members was dismantled by law enforcement. It was deemed "the largest crimes against children case brought anywhere by anyone.
Social networking is the internet's biggest growth area, particular among young children,
7% of teenagers aged 13 to 17 described themselves as "becoming addicted" to the net and other 26 per cent said they used it every day and considered it "an important part of their lives".
Sex is the number 1 topic searched on the Internet
70% of 18 to 24 year old men visit pornographic sites in a typical month report being regular users of pornography.
One in 17 children ages 10-17 were threatened or harassed over the Internet in 2000.
A survey of 600 households conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that 20% of parents do not know any of their children’s Internet passwords, instant messaging nicknames or email addresses
21% of teens say they have looked at something on the internet that they wouldn’t want their parents to know
Incidents of child sexual exploitation have risen from 4,573 in 1998 to 112,083 in 2004
Online sexual solicitation can be a traumatic experience for victims. About 25% of youth who were sexually solicited felt "extremely afraid or upset" in response to the incident. Those most affected by sexual solicitation included teens that were:
solicited more aggressively online,
sexually solicited on a computer in another person's home,
currently struggling with major symptoms of depression
Cyber bullying typically starts at about 9 years of age and usually ends after 14 years of age; after 14, it becomes cyber or sexual harassment due to nature of acts and age of actors Affects 65-85% of kids in the core group directly or indirectly through close friends Problems in studies: not assessing the ‘real thing’ i.e. Only 15% of parent polled knew what cyber bullying was 65% of their students between 8-14 have been involved directly or indirectly in a cyber bullying incident as the cyber bully, victim or friend 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online. Report of bullying