Over the past several decades the internet has become an integral part of everyday life in the United States and throughout the world. It provides users with endless access to information and a means to communicate with anyone throughout the world at lighting fast speed. According to the 2010 United States Census 75.9% of individuals age 3 and above live in households with internet access (www.census.gov). A 2012 study by Pew Internet found that 88% of United States adults have cell phones and of those 55% use their cell phones to access the internet (www.pewinternet.org). Add to these statistics the abundance of internet hot spots, library, workplace, and school internet connections and it is safe to say a vast majority of Americans have access to the internet and the information contained therein.
The old standby, however young people are starting to move away from Facebook to some of the other “Apps” and websites.
-Accept friend requests from anyone. My U.C. account is me and 455 of my closest “friends.” -”Geo tagged” photographs can be used to determine the persons location. -Status updates allow people to know where you are.
Live Chat……Look what your kids have almost instant access to!!!!!!
“Messenger is totally free, crazy fast cross- platform application that connects you to your friends in real-time”
Basic messages like texting but also photos and files - anyone can attempt to connect with your child. This app allows kids to send private messages that can be very difficult for parents to access or which can be easily deleted. Since photos are involved, there is considerable opportunity for children to be exposed to inappropriate images…. Very common for sexting
“Real Time Picture Chatting” User takes ‘real time’ picture or video. Selects a recipients and length of viewing (1-10 seconds) The Recipient receives the message and holds down the screen to view it for the designated time allowed by the sender The recipient can not save the message (picture or video), however the sender can save it to their device
The percent of teenagers who have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves: 20% of teenagers overall 22% of teen girls 18% of teen boys 11% of young teen girls ages 13-16 The percent of teenagers sending or posting sexually suggestive messages: 39% of all teenagers 37% of teen girls 40% of teen boys
15 Percent of teenagers who have sent or posted nude or seminude images of themselves say they have done so to someone they only knew online. 48 Percent of teenagers say they have received such messages 71 Percent of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent or posted this content to a boyfriend or girlfriend. 21 Percent of teenage girls and 39% of teen boys say they have sent such content to someone they wanted to date or hook up with. 44 Percent of both teen girls and teen boys say it is common for sexually suggestive text messages to get shared with people other than the intended recipient. 36 Percent of teen girls and 39 % of teen boys say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared with people other than the intended recipient. 51 Percent of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy messages or images; only 18 % of teen boys cited pressure from female counterparts as a reason. 66 Percent of teen girls and 60% of teen boys say they did so to be “fun or flirtatious”; their most common reason for sending sexy content. 52 Percent of teenage girls used sexting as a “sexy present” for their boyfriend. 44 Percent of both teen girls and teen boys say they sent sexually suggestive messages or images in response to such content they received. 40 Percent of teenage girls said they sent sexually suggestive messages or images as “a joke.” 34 Percent of teen girls say they sent or posted sexually suggestive content to “feel sexy.” 12 Percent of teen girls felt “pressured” to send sexually suggestive messages or images.
A site where users can anonymously post images of ANY type. Portion of site is broken down into “Win by State.” Almost every NH community has a section under NH
134 images shown under Hudson, NH. Several females had multiple pictures posted. Chances are you or your kids know someone whose picture has been posted!!!
What are your expectations of their behavior? What are the consequences when the expectations are not met?
TALK to your kids. Let them know the dangers of these behaviors. Monitor their activity and behavior. Be Nosey!!!! Restrict use.
The various service providers all have parental controls which can be used to restrict/limit what is available. Third party application and programs are available that allow you to monitor activity.
Most children are first exposed to porn at less than 11 years of age. 1 in 5 children ages 10-17 have been approached for sex online. An unsolicited image is the beginning of a long battle with porn addiction. The porn industry is now the 7 th largest industry in the United States. 57% of kids have accidentally accessed inappropriate material online.
www.staysafeonline.org www.staysafeonline.org A break down for parents of topics to help your kids stay safe. www.netsmartz.org Educational material for kids of all ages and their parents There will also be a list of additional websites available at the end of the presentation.
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