[Ed. – Teach your children rules for computer use.]
Forty percent of American children have connected with a stranger online, according to a new survey of fourth- through eighth-graders.
In the survey, which was conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, researchers wanted to determine where kids use the internet without adult supervision, whether they’ve been taught the basics of internet safety, which websites and apps they visit or use and what their interactions with strangers were like.
Of the 40 percent, the study found that more than half revealed their phone number to a stranger, one-fifth spoke with a stranger over the phone and 11 percent went as far as to meet a stranger in their own home, the stranger’s home, a park, mall or restaurant.
“Most parents do not frequently monitor their children’s activity on social media sites including Facebook,” the survey states in its conclusion.