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Forty percent of all American children will have connected with a stranger online, according to a new study of fourth-and eighth-graders.
In the survey, which was conducted by the Center for Cyber Security and Education, in co-operation with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, the researchers wanted to determine which of the children to use the internet without adult supervision, or they may have been taught the basics of safety and security on the internet, which websites and apps they use, and their interactions with strangers were.
Of the 40 percent, the study found that more than half of them revealed their phone numbers to strangers, and a fifth spoke to a stranger over the telephone, and 11 per cent even went as far as to meet up with a stranger in their own home, a stranger’s house, a park, a mall, or a restaurant.
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“The majority of parents did not frequently monitor the activities of their children on social media sites, such as Facebook,” the survey states in its conclusion. “They are aware of the fact that their children can use the internet in a way that they don’t approve, but it is not always in the possession of their child (especially a young person) to be responsible for this behavior.”
The researchers recommend that parents be more tools to explain to you how to supervise their children’s digital behavior. They also say that the teachers and the school management should play an important role in the education of young children on the appropriate use of the internet.
Organizations that are interested in the field should continue to develop strategies for reducing online dangers and keep kids safe,” according to the report. “While these threats have been documented in the past, you might have to make them more resonant for today’s parents and children.”
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According to the survey, the most popular social media sites used by children, have been Instagram, Snapchat and Vine, with a small number of with the help of Facebook, google plus, Twitter and more.