New Study: Stranger Danger is not the Risk but FRIENDLY FIENDs are

I've pulled out my notations from a great Carnegie Mellon blog post about a Rochester Institute Study surveying children about their behaviors online — you'll see quotes below and my comments.  (Source of Graphic: Rochester Institute of Technology)

MySecureCyberspace: Children Online: Getting Younger and Continuing to Take Risks

  • Not surprisingly, the study found that children are communicating with friends, peers, and others online in ways that show a lack of knowledge in what is ethical, safe behavior.

    • This is NOT suprising to those of us who work with children. WE MUST have digital citizenship education in schools!!! MUST! comment by Vicki Davis
  • Only 50% of these young children said that their parents watched them as they used a computer, revealing that the other half were exposed to unchecked Web browsing and interaction with others online. About 48% of these young children saw online content that made them feel uncomfortable, and one in four of them said they did not report the uncomfortable experience to a trusted adult.

    • Do parents know to watch their children? We need to educate parents as well! comment by Vicki Davis
  • Only 32% of second and third graders reported being watched by their parents while online, and 31% of fourth through sixth graders said they were watched “a little” or “sometimes.” Almost one-third (27%) of fourth through sixth graders said they were completely unsupervised when online.

  • 16% posted personal interests 15% posted information about their physical activities 20% gave out their real name 5% posted information about their school 6% posted their home address 6% posted their phone number 9% posted a photograph of themselves

    • Again, education is so important of both students and parents. comment by Vicki Davis
  • Among second and third graders, 9% admitted to being “mean to someone online” and 18% reported that someone online had been mean to them within the last school year. Among fourth through sixth graders, 7% reported being a victim to bullying and threats online, and 10% reported being embarrassed.

  • 13% said they had been bullied or threatened online, and 15% had been embarrassed. Among tenth through twelfth grader, 15% reported having been harassed or stalked online, and 17% had been embarrassed.

    • 15% of 10-12th graders have ben harassed and STALKED online!!!! comment by Vicki Davis
  • it is more common for children to run into problems with people they know online than with strangers. These troublemakers are more likely to be other students rather than adults.

    • To me, this gets to the core of the problem – it is NOT stranger danger but Friendly fiends that are the problem! comment by Vicki Davis
  • a more prevalent problem that children face online is cyberbullying. 

This comes back to Digital Citizenship education, like we're doing here with Digiteen.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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