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Students' Online Behavior

You teach your child the difference between right and wrong, insisting they use proper etiquette and reminding them to look both ways before crossing the street. But in this high-tech age, children and teens need more. Many are taking part in risky online behavior; making detrimental decisions that leave them vulnerable to heinous crimes of the cyber world.

Prior to taking part in their program, i-SAFE America surveyed students across the country about their behavior online. The statistics are shocking and reveal an immediate need for Internet safety education.

Basic Online Behavior

  • Over 70% of students go online at least once per week.*
  • Nearly 85% spend at least one hour on the Internet on a weekly basis.*
  • 33% use e-mail, instant messages and chat rooms as the main ways they keep in contact with their friends.*
  • 54% of students say that, other than the i-SAFE lessons, they have taken no other computer classes related to the Internet.***

Risky Online Behavior

  • 53% like being alone when 'surfing' the Internet.*
  • 12% have unsupervised access to the Internet at school.**
  • 10% chat, e-mail or Instant Message (IM) while at school.**
  • 39% have given out personal information (name, e-mail address, age, gender) online (when entering a contest, playing online games or signing up for websites).*
  • 31% have chatted or used IM with someone on the Internet that they have not met 'face to face'.*
  • 12% have met a new person from the Internet 'face to face.'*
  • 13% are willing to meet 'face to face' with someone new they meet on the Internet.*
  • 8% say that, while on the Internet, someone has asked them to keep their friendship a secret.*
  • 53% have seen something on the Internet that shouldn't be on the Internet.**
  • 64% know of or have heard about other students who have done something on the Internet that shouldn't be done.*

* Combined 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 i-SAFE survey of 55,000 students
** 2004-05 i-SAFE survey of 36,000 students
*** 2003-04 i-SAFE survey of 19,000 students

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