Updated: Oct 12, 2020
One of the most influential forces in our lives today is the Internet. This is especially true for the millions of youth gearing up for school all over the country. Our youth and their parents rely on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices to communicate, work, play and learn. It’s almost second nature for all of us to jump online with a tap here and a swipe there.
We wish navigating the Internet was a worry-free activity but unfortunately, we need to be vigilant about the information we share, the websites we visit and the business we conduct. With a few simple steadfast rules in addition healthy, meaningful conversations about the Internet between parents and youth, we can reduce the risks and become better online citizens.
To help you understand what research shows, here are a few statistics:
42% of LGBTQ youth experience online bullying or harassment. 3X more than the rate of non-LGBTQ young people.
21% of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.¹
Over 40% of teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online – 25% report it has happened more than once.²
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