Teens know how to hide their online behavior from parents

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Teens are savvy online users, so savvy in fact that they can easily hide their online behavior from their parents. These hidden behaviors include some things you might expect — such as accessing violent (43%) or pornographic (32%) content online — but also a few surprises. Fifteen percent of teens have hacked into social networks; 9% have hacked into e-mail accounts; 12% have met face to face with a person he or she met on the Internet; and 16% of teens surveyed said they had used their phones to cheat on tests at school.

Stanley Holditch, online expert at McAfee, spoke with KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee:

A program parents can use to protect their children online is www.safeeyes.com.

The McAfee-funded report, which was carried out by the research company TRU, surveyed 1,013 parents and 1,004 teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The interviews were conducted online in May. The report, titled “The digital divide: How the online behavior of teens is getting past parents” (PDF), also includes a list of the “top 10 ways teens are fooling their parents.”

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