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Internet Safety Rules and Cyber Safety Statistics

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Cyber Safety Statistics: Parents if you don't know about the need to protect your kids online, keep reading. How are online issues affecting children? Take a glance at these statistics to find out.

Access
• 93% of teens (12-17) go online.
• Of the children (0-5) who use the Internet, 80% use it at least once a week.

Cell Phones
• 75% of teens (12-17) have cell phones.
• On average, texting teens (12-17) send and receive 1500 text messages a month.

Cyberbullying
• 1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.
• Girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying (38% girls vs. 26% boys).

Online Gaming
• 97% of teens (12-17) play computer, web, portable, or console games.
• 27% of teens (12-17) play games with people they don't know online.

Predators
• Predators seek youths vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/video, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.
• Boys who are gay or questioning their sexuality are particularly at risk. 25% of victims are boys and almost all of their offenders are male.
• 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
• In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves.

Sexting
• 4% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say that they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.
• 15% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.

Social Networking
• 73% of teens (12-17) have profiles on social networking sites.
• 47% of teens (12-17) have uploaded photos; 14 % have posted videos.

Data source: netsmartz.org

Please remember the internet safety rule and provide the copy to your children or the youth

1. I WILL THINK BEFORE I POST.
I agree not to post information and images that could put me at risk, embarrass me, or damage my future, such as
o cell & home phone numbers
o home address
o sexual messages
o inappropriate pictures and videos

2. I WILL RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE ONLINE.
I will not post anything rude, offensive, or threatening
I will not send or forward images and information that might embarrass, hurt, or harass someone
I will not take anyone's personal information and use it to damage his or her reputation

3. I WILL BE CAREFUL WHEN MEETING ONLINE FRIENDS IN PERSON.
I agree to ask my parent or guardian's permission before going
I agree to have a parent or guardian accompany me
I agree to meet in a public place

4. I WILL PROTECT MYSELF ONLINE.
If someone makes me feel uncomfortable or if someone is rude or offensive, I will
o not respond
o save the evidence
o tell my parent, guardian, or another trusted adult

God bless us all be safe always ...

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