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Survey Identifies Teen Online Behaviors Associated With Online Interpersonal Victimization

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Using data from a 2005 telephone survey of nearly 1,500 American youth ages 10 to 17 who had used the Internet at least once a month for the past six months, researchers examined nine online behaviors that are believed to increase the odds of online victimization, such as posting personal information. They concluded that 28 percent of the youth had engaged in four or more of the targeted online behaviors in the previous year, and that those youth were 11 times more likely to report online interpersonal victimization than those reporting none of the targeted behaviors.

According to the report, approximately 9 percent of online youth are targets of harassment each year, and 13 percent are targets of unwanted sexual solicitation. Abstract free online. (206) 685-1323, http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/161/2/138.

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