There are two new studies on the Internet in this month’s Journal of Adolescent Health:
Prevalence and Frequency of Internet Harassment Instigation: Implications for Adolescent Health. by Ybarra, M. L., & Mitchell, K. J.
Using data from a survey of 1500 teens, researchers found that 6% reported being frequent perpetrators of online harassment, 6% reported being occasional perpetrators, and 17% reported being limited perpetrators in the past year. They conclude that their findings "reinforce previous research that youth who harass others online are likely facing concurrent behavioral and psychosocial challenges."
Online Requests for Sexual Pictures from Youth: Risk Factors and Incident Characteristics.
by Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., & Wolak, J.
Using data from a survey of 1500 teens, researchers found that among teens who use the Internet, 4% had been asked to send a sexual picture of themselves during the past year. Female Black youth and boys and girls being abused are particularly vulnerable.