The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

secretsA 2012 Report conducted by independent research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, and commissioned by   found that almost 80% of parents said they are having conversations with their teens about their online activities however…

  • 66.5% of teens said their parents or guardians don’t know everything they are doing online.
  • Almost 40% of teens would change their online behaviour if they knew a parent or guardian was watching
  • Parents misjudged how much teens are pirating music or movies online (13% vs 30), meeting up with strangers they’ve met online (3.6% vs almost 6) and entering into private chats with strangers they only know online (4.4% vs 8.5)
  • 62% of Australian teens have had a negative experience of some kind on social networks, 50% have witnessed cruel behaviour online, and though only 25% of parents indicated they were aware that their teen had witnessed mean or cruel behaviour.
  • While 24% of teens reporting being the victim of cyber bullying, only 17% of parents would have guessed their own teen had been the target of cyber bullying
  • Parents underestimate how often teenagers are viewing nudity / pornography online either accidentally or intentionally (37% vs 54%)

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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1 Response to The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

  1. Ed says:

    “50% have witnessed cruel behaviour online”
    This seems really wrong to me. It’s hard not to see something mean every day on the internet and I’m pretty sure a lot of kids are lying because they’re the cause of it.

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