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Kids and Internet Risk Factors

A couple of unexpected but key paragraphs from an Internet scare story: Study: Sexually explicit photos sought from 1 in 25 online youths

Earlier, the same researchers suggested that warning children against posting their personal information online doesn't necessarily make them safer from predators and related threats. The researchers found no evidence that sharing personal information increases the chances of online victimization, such as unwanted sexual solicitation and harassment.

In the latest study, the researchers identified certain traits as making a youth prone to receive a request for a sexual picture. They include having a close relationship with someone known only online; talking with someone online about sex or having a sexually suggestive screen name; and experiencing physical or sexual abuse offline.

Researchers also found that requests were more likely to occur when youths were with their friends.

"A lot of kids are using the Internet in groups," Mitchell said. "When they are with friends, maybe they are egging each other on to do something they wouldn't normally do."

My suspicion is that kids and teenagers, like adults, are more likely to engage in actually risky Internet behavior when following the conventional advice about not giving out "personal information."

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