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Putting online risks into perspective

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A talk by ConnectSafely.org co-director on putting Internet risks into perspective, based on research released in fall 2011

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Putting online risks into perspective

  1. 1. Putting Risks intoPerspective: What the data show Larry Magid Co-director ConnectSafely.org Founder SafeKids.com larry@ConnectSafely.org
  2. 2. There are problems, but … •Online predator risk is extremely low •Only 2% of kids sent a “sext” •85% of US kids have not been harassed online in last 12 month •Across Europe, 6% of 9 to 16-year-old internet users have been bullied online. 3% confess to having bullied others.* •81% of US teens use privacy controls •62% friends only •19% friends of friendsSource: Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network SitesHow American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenshipPew Internet & American Life Project, November 2011* EU Kids Online, Sept 2011
  3. 3. Teens & privacy In Europe:In U.S. • 29% of 9-12 year olds and 27 per cent of• 62% of teens who have a social media 13-16 year olds have their profile profile say the profile they use most “public” often is set to be private so that only their friends can see the content they • 20% of SNS users communicate online post. with people unconnected to their daily lives, including 20% of 9-12 year olds. +• 19% say their profile is partially private so that friends of friends or their • 20% of children whose profile is public networks can see some version of their display their address and/or phone profile. number, twice as many as for those with private profiles.+• 17% say their profile is set to public so that everyone can see it • 17% of 9-12 year olds and 33% of 13-16 year olds have more than 100 contacts on their SNS profile.+ Source: Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship Pew Internet & American Life Project, November 2011 • EU Kids Online, Sept 2011 • + Percentages are approximate
  4. 4. Children who bully others more likely to be bullied47% of kidswho bullyoffline arebulliedthemselves 40% of kids who bully others onlineOnly 4% of kids are bulliedwho don’t themselvesbully othersonline arebulliedthemselves Whether a child is victim of bullying , by whether the child bullies others Source: EU Kids Online, Sept. 2011
  5. 5. Most kids don’t experience cruelty onlineSource: Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network SitesHow American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenshipPew Internet & American Life Project, November 2011
  6. 6. We are not raising a generation of monsters • Most kids don’t bully • Most kids (69%) say people their age are mostly kind to each other on social networking sites • 20% have been bullied in past year • 12% have been bullied in person • 15% have been victims of “online meanness.”Source: Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network SitesHow American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenshipPew Internet & American Life Project, November 2011
  7. 7. Social norms approach • People emulate how they think their peers behave • If people think their friends don’t smoke, they’re less likely to smoke. • Same is true with over-eating, excessive alcohol use and other negative behaviors, including bullying**Assessing Bullying in New Jersey Secondary Schools: Applying the SocialNorms Model to Adolescent Violence: Craig, Perkins 2008

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