A new survey of teens shows that 1 in 4 are often harassed by peers or significant others over their cell phones or on the Internet. Text and picture messaging on phones as well as instant messaging and social networking sites on computers are outlets where teens are bullied, often without their parents’ knowledge. Findings of the study include:
- 71% of teens regard boyfriends/girlfriends spreading rumors about them on cellphones and social networking sites as a serious problem.
- 68% of teens say boyfriends/girlfriends sharing private or embarrassing pictures/videos on cell phones and computers is a serious problem.
- One in three teens (30%) say they are text messaged 10, 20, 30 times an hour by a partner inquiring where they are, what they’re doing, or who they’re with.
- 82% of parents whose teens were emailed or texted 30 times per hour, did not know this was happening.
Learn more about the risks and benefits of cell phones on the CMCH Hot Topic – Cell Phones: They’re Everywhere!