Internet Safety Statistics
How are online issues affecting children?
Take a glance at these statistics to find out.
- 93% of teens (12-17) go online.
- Of the children (0-5) who use the Internet, 80% use it at least once a week.
- 75% of teens (12-17) have cell phones.
- On average, texting teens (12-17) send and receive 1500 text messages a month.
- 1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.
- Girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying (38% girls vs. 26% boys).
- 97% of teens (12-17) play computer, web, portable, or console games.
- 27% of teens (12-17) play games with people they don’t know online.
- Predators seek youths vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/video, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.
- Boys who are gay or questioning their sexuality are particularly at risk. 25% of victims are boys and almost all of their offenders are male.
- 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
- In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves.
- 4% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say that they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.
- 15% of cell-owning teens (12-17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.
- 73% of teens (12-17) have profiles on social networking sites.
- 47% of teens (12-17) have uploaded photos; 14 % have posted videos.