65% of teens use social networks and create profiles (Pew/2009)
70% of 15-to-17-year-old girls
48% of teens visit sites daily or more often; 26% visit once a day
22% visit several times a day
Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey
Not just MySpace & Facebook YouTube, MyYearbook, Bebo, Hi5 & many niche social network sites Ning: Allows users to create their own social networks, or mini-MySpaces. Allows porn (with splash page). Twitter & Plurk: Micro-blogging - 140 characters or less. Kind of like blended chat & IM. Twitter mostly adults, Plurk a little younger. Second Life & other virtual worlds : Users create avatars that interact in a virtual world. Hulu: Fast-growing video-sharing site (153 million video streams, 9/08); popular for viewing whole shows online And some are a bit more questionable …. JuicyCampus Gossip site, total anonymity, no rules.… Stickam : Social video-streaming site with live webcam chat.
Cellphones : Reports of“sexting” (nude photo-sharing) are growing
Web : 39% say they restrict access to their photos “most of the time.”
38% report restricting access “only sometimes.”
21% of teens who post photos say they “never” restrict access to the images they upload. (Online adults are more lax in restricting access.)
Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey January 2007
Teens are alive today, thanks to social-networking sites… Plan To 'Shoot Up' School Foiled Jan 12, 2009: “Deputies in Transylvania County said they got a call from a sheriff's office in New York. A teenager there apparently came forward and said she met a 15-year-old on MySpace who said he had a dangerous plan.”
Question : What proportion of teens have been approached online by a predator?