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Study: Most teens are responsible online

USA Today<
January 8th, 2007

USA Today reports that a new study concludes that most users of the popular social networking site MySpace.com don’t display revealing information or photographs that could attract pedophiles. However, the study also finds that a notable percentage continue to post potentially provocative photos. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire–who conducted the study with Sameer Hinduja, a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University–says that “kids are using MySpace responsibly. They are getting the message.” The study found that 91 percent of teen profiles reviewed did not list full names. In addition, 40 percent of youth keep their MySpace profiles private, and only allow approved friends to view them. However, the study also found that not all youth use the site responsibly. The study found that 5 percent of users posted pictures of themselves in bathing suits or underwear, and 15 percent posted pictures of friends in such attire. The study randomly viewed 1,475 profiles that are open to the public…

Study: Most teens are responsible online

USA Today
January 8th, 2007

USA Today reports that a new study concludes that most users of the popular social networking site MySpace.com don’t display revealing information or photographs that could attract pedophiles. However, the study also finds that a notable percentage continue to post potentially provocative photos. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire–who conducted the study with Sameer Hinduja, a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University–says that “kids are using MySpace responsibly. They are getting the message.” The study found that 91 percent of teen profiles reviewed did not list full names. In addition, 40 percent of youth keep their MySpace profiles private, and only allow approved friends to view them. However, the study also found that not all youth use the site responsibly. The study found that 5 percent of users posted pictures of themselves in bathing suits or underwear, and 15 percent posted pictures of friends in such attire. The study randomly viewed 1,475 profiles that are open to the public…

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