Smart Choices to Staying Safe Online

The amount of children who use the internet is staggering. The internet is a great resource for information. Unfortunitly people use the internet for bad things like preying on children, bullying or stealing idenity information. Here you will learn what it takes to act appropriatly while online, what to do if you are the victim of online bullying and posting the right kind of information.

Statistics from Safe

  • 160,000 students a day miss school because of bullying. -

  • About 71 percent of teens think that blocking abusive messages is the most effective way to prevent cyberbullying, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. - US World News Report Dec '07

  • Three-fourths of American teenagers say they've been bullied online, but only one in ten tells their parents, according to a new survey by UCLA. - October 2008

  • 75% of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services. - eMarketer

  • Only approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation told a parent or adult. - Crimes Against Children Research Center

  • According to DoubleClick Performics and ROI Research:

    • 83% of 10-14-year-olds surveyed went online for an hour or more every day.

    • 42% of children ages 3-11 were online in 2008, accounting for over 15.4 milllion children. The number is expected to reach 15.8 million children in 2009, and projected to climb to 16.6 by 2011.

  • Adolescence 18 years and younger spend an average of 18 hours per week online. - National Crime Prevention Council, March 2008

  • Creating websites geared toward youth increasingly makes sense, since more than 4 out of 10 US children ages three to eleven are now online – and the number is growing. -, June 2008
  • "National statistics show that one in five children received unwanted sexual solicitations online each year. Web sites that kids frequent very often are also cruised by child predators. My Cyber Crimes Unit investigators have seen firsthand the dangerous criminals that prey on children and teenagers in Internet chatrooms, personal web pages, and social networking sites." - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

  • 77% of the targets for online predators were age 14 or older. Another 22% were users ages 10 to 13. - Crimes Against Children Research Center

  • One in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web. Solicitations were defined as requests to engage in sexual activities or sexual talk, or to give personal sexual information. - Crimes Against Children Research Center

More stats from

  • 95% of parents don't recognize the lingo kids use to let people know that their parents are watching
  • 89% of sexual solicitations are made in either chat rooms or Instant Messages
  • 20% of children age 10-17 have been solicited sexually online; that's 1 out of every 5 kids
  • 75% of youth who received an online sexual solicitation did not tell a parent
  • One third of kids have been contacted by a stranger and half of these were considered inappropriate
  • 81% of parents of online youth say that kids aren't careful enough when giving out information about themselves online
  • 76% of parents don't have rules about what their kids can do on the computer
  • 65% of parents believe that kids do things online that they wouldn't want their parents to know about
  • 4,000,000 children are posting content to the Web everyday
  • 15,000,000 youth use Instant [[@#|Messaging]]
  • 9 out of 10 parents will never know that any inappropriate contact has occurred
  • 14% have actually met face to face with a person they have met on the [[@#|Internet]]
  • 1 out of 17 kids have been harassed, threatened, or bullied
  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) of online teens believe that someone their age is most likely to be approached by someone unknown to them online as opposed to offline
  • When asked how they responded the last time they were contacted online by a complete stranger, just 3% of online teens said they told and adult or authority figure
  • Most kids will not report inappropriate Internet contact to their parents because they are afraid of losing Internet privileges
  • 61% of 13-17 yr olds have a personal profile on social networking sites
  • 44% of online teens with profiles like Facebook and Myspace have been contacted by a stranger, compared with 16 percent of those without profiles.
  • 71% have reported receiving messages from someone they do not know
  • 45% have been asked for personal info from people they do not know
  • 48% of 16-17 yr olds report that their parents know "very little" or "nothing" about their online activities
  • MySpace deletes 25,000 profiles weekly of users who don't meet the site's 14-year-old minimum age requirement
  • From 2007-2009 MySpace has deleted 90,000 accounts because they were created by registered sex offenders
Fortunately research shows that adults are catching up with kids in the use of text messaging. In 2006-2008, texting by adults ages 45 to 54 increased 130 percent. Half of texting adults say they started sending messages so they could [[@#|communicate]] with their children. Bravo, NetLingo is here to help!

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Numerous Cyber SafetyResources

Ebook from Microsoft Free cybersafety materials
Cybersafety materials from the Center for Safe Responsible Internet Use
Internet Safety Resources

National Cyber Security Alliance: Public/Private Partnership including Dep’t. Homeland Security, corporate sponsors such as Symantec, CISCO, Microsoft, SAIC, EMC, McAfee) and other nonprofits.

Media Awareness Network : MNet is a Canadian non-profit organization that has been pioneering the development of media and digital literacy programs since its incorporation in 1996.