Risky Internet Behaviors of Adolescents Who Have Contact with Online Strangers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201665
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Risky Internet Behaviors of Adolescents Who Have Contact with Online Strangers
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose: In today’s world more adolescents are using the Internet as an avenue for social communication, a source of information, and to experiment with risky online behaviors.  To study the Internet patterns used in an adolescent population, a study with a developmental theme was undertaken with adolescents in middle and high school grades specifically asking about contact online and offline with person’s unknown (a stranger).   Methods: This exploratory, descriptive study used a survey to identify the usage and characteristics of online youth, solicitation of youth, and risk behaviors.  Four hundred and four middle school students (6th, 7th, 8th grades) and 2,077 high school students (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades) were recruited from public and parochial schools located in the Northeast.  Results: Findings from this study indicate that adolescents from both groups are participating in risky online communications, posting personal information, and meeting offline with strangers. Students who communicated online with strangers had higher rates of posting personal information, electronic aggression, and offline meetings.  Fourteen percent of middle school (14.6%) communicated with strangers and within this group 64% reported meeting offline with the stranger.  Over a third high school students (32% boys and 36% girls) communicated with a stranger with 22.6% of boys and 13.4% of girls reporting something sexual happened at their offline meeting. Conclusion and Implications: In the diverse and complex health care settings of the twenty-first century nurses are increasingly encountering risk situations defined by the technology.  The Internet revolution, while providing an unlimited information exchange and social contact, also widens the door for risky activity in a pediatric adolescent population.  Policy recommendations include designing technologies and/or educational programs to identify suspicious online behaviors, strengthening Internet filters for student online protection, and school outreach for students who are harassed, threatened or assaulted from meeting someone offline.
Keywords:
Internet risk behaviors; adolescents
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRisky Internet Behaviors of Adolescents Who Have Contact with Online Strangersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201665-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose: In today’s world more adolescents are using the Internet as an avenue for social communication, a source of information, and to experiment with risky online behaviors.  To study the Internet patterns used in an adolescent population, a study with a developmental theme was undertaken with adolescents in middle and high school grades specifically asking about contact online and offline with person’s unknown (a stranger).   Methods: This exploratory, descriptive study used a survey to identify the usage and characteristics of online youth, solicitation of youth, and risk behaviors.  Four hundred and four middle school students (6th, 7th, 8th grades) and 2,077 high school students (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades) were recruited from public and parochial schools located in the Northeast.  Results: Findings from this study indicate that adolescents from both groups are participating in risky online communications, posting personal information, and meeting offline with strangers. Students who communicated online with strangers had higher rates of posting personal information, electronic aggression, and offline meetings.  Fourteen percent of middle school (14.6%) communicated with strangers and within this group 64% reported meeting offline with the stranger.  Over a third high school students (32% boys and 36% girls) communicated with a stranger with 22.6% of boys and 13.4% of girls reporting something sexual happened at their offline meeting. Conclusion and Implications: In the diverse and complex health care settings of the twenty-first century nurses are increasingly encountering risk situations defined by the technology.  The Internet revolution, while providing an unlimited information exchange and social contact, also widens the door for risky activity in a pediatric adolescent population.  Policy recommendations include designing technologies and/or educational programs to identify suspicious online behaviors, strengthening Internet filters for student online protection, and school outreach for students who are harassed, threatened or assaulted from meeting someone offline.en_GB
dc.subjectInternet risk behaviorsen_GB
dc.subjectadolescentsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:46:07Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:46:07Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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