The report surveyed 19,636 online users
The latest edition of the Norton Online Family Report from Symantec reveals some hitherto secret aspects of children’s behaviour online.
Conducted between February and March 2011 by StrategyOne, it surveyed 19,636 online users of whom 12,704 were adults, 4,553 children aged 8-17 and 2,379 teachers of students aged 8-17.
Around 62% of kids across the world said they faced a negative experience while online, with reporting a serious negative experience, such as receiving inappropriate pictures from strangers, being bullied or becoming a victim of cybercrime.
This year’s report also identifies the new issue of "cyberbaiting," a phenomenon where kids badmouth their teachers and then capture on their cell phones their distressed reactions. It also shows a high number of kids shopping online with their parents’ credit cards.
Petten, a youthologist and author of "Radical Parenting, said, "Kids are developing their online identity at an earlier age than ever before and they need parents, teachers and other role models to help them figure out where to go, what to say, how to act and perhaps most importantly, how not to act."