Teenagers spend an average of 31 hours a week online and nearly two hours a week looking at pornography, according to a study conducted by CyberSentinel, which provides software solutions allowing parents to block access to certain sites. Results also revealed that, among those interviewed, teens are online…
- Three and a half hours communicating with friends on MSN and approximately two hours on YouTube and in chat rooms.
- Just over an hour looking up cosmetic surgery procedures, such breast augmentation and collagen implants.
- An hour and a half on family planning and pregnancy websites.
- One hour 35 minutes investigating diets and weight loss.
- One in four teenagers of the 1,000 polled said they regularly spoke to strangers online but thought it harmless.
But not all hours spent online are for socializing. Teenagers use the Internet about three hours each week for homework and school-related research.
Spokesman of CyberSentinel, Ellie Puddle, said: "The alarming thing is the survey shows teenagers are obviously exploring all sorts of topics as a result of modern-day pressures. Talking to friends on social networking websites can be completely risk-free, good fun. But there is also the danger of online predators. Teenagers and parents need to realize the dangers of talking to strangers online, but parents must not overreact by denying access to the Internet. The Internet is a fantastic resource for learning and development."
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