One in Three Teen Girls Say They Set Up In-person Meetings with Online Acquaintances

Published 01/14 2013 10:15AM

Updated 01/14 2013 10:29AM

One in three teen girls says they have set up in-person meetings with people they met online. 

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital studied over two hundred girls between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. Half the girls had been physically or sexually abused in the past year. 

Thirty percent of the girls in the study said they had offline meetings with people they first met on the internet before the identity of that person had been confirmed. The girls who had been abused were more likely to create provacative online profiles, and receive online sexual solicitations. 

High quality parenting, those who checked what their children were posting and who they communicated with, reduced the number of risky online behaviors. Installing internet filtering software did not. 

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