Oz teens at risk from ‘dangerous’ online friends

March 15th, 2011 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook Melbourne, Mar 15 (ANI): A survey has revealed that almost one in five South Australian teens has gone so far as to meet a stranger they first came into contact with on Facebook.

The alarming results of the Teenspeak survey of 500 13- to 17-year-olds found 18 per cent had come face-to-face with a stranger they befriended on the social networking site, reports News.com.au.

It was also found that about 23 per cent had been asked to be friends by strangers.

More than 50 per cent list personal details-such as mobile numbers and email addresses-on their Facebook or MySpace profile.

Thirty per cent of respondents’ parents never checked their child’s computer screen, 26 per cent checked it rarely while just four per cent checked it often.

Teenspeak researcher Mubarak Rahamathulla from Flinders University’s was shocked by the findings. He warned many young people believed they were invincible. (ANI)

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