60% of Kids Have Had a Bad Online Experience

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60% of Kids Have Had a Bad Online Experience

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The internet can be a pretty weird place for an adult, so imagine what it's like if you're a kid.

The Norton Family Report, a survey conducted by security company Symantec, has shown that six out of ten children has had a negative experience online.

The survey asked 2,800 children aged between 8-17 from all over the world about their online activities, and discovered that more than half had been the victim of cyber bullying, been exposed to inappropriate content, or propositioned to meet up with someone they met online. The survey also found that a third of all children felt anger, fear, or worry over a negative online experience and a fifth felt embarrassment and regret.

"As a professional Internet safety adviser, even I am surprised by some of the findings in this new report," says Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Marian Merritt. "Parents do worry about predators, but they seem to be overlooking more common threats, such as cyber bullying."

"Technology is part of the solution, but a lot of it is about good parenting. The singularly most effective way to help keep your children safe online is to have an ongoing dialogue with them. There's so much we can do to make sure our children have a positive experience online. This report shows us where to focus our efforts right now."

I'm not a statistician, but I can't help but feel like the published results don't paint a completely accurate picture of the data collected. While I have no doubt that the survey was conducted properly, lumping the data from fourteen different countries together - especially when one of the countries is China - seems like it would skew the results quite a lot when you consider the very different social climates.

Source: The Telegraph

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60% of Kids Have Had a Bad Online Experience

And its caused by the other 40% smack talking on Xbox Live

I've been cyberbullied by some 30+ year olds when I was 15. Pretty much just showed how mature they really were. Oh, and a pedophile started talking to me on AIM once. From everything they warn you about with them on the internet, I thought he would have been smarter and less obvious than he was...

My first reaction is:

Only 60%?

Surely by bad experience means that they couldn't find the free porn sites

That's what it was like when I was younger

This has been known since online gaming with headsets came into being.

Xbox Live just exacerbated the problem.

And I'm willing to bet at least half those kids also participated in "cyber bullying", something I find absurd since its an online voice. It can't hurt you in any way. AT ALL!

Don't like them? Leave the damn party, then you don't have to deal with them again.

Nightfalke:
My first reaction is:

Only 60%?

Only 2 replies in and already ninja'd!

Because the problem is limited to Xbox Live.

Clearly.

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Irridium:
And I'm willing to bet at least half those kids also participated in "cyber bullying", something I find absurd since its an online voice. It can't hurt you in any way. AT ALL!

You have no idea what it is, do you?

Nightfalke:
My first reaction is:

Only 60%?

Seems a little low, doesn't it? Every time a kid joins voice on an Online FPS, they're ridiculed to death...

Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

Other than flame wars, i'm apparently in the 40%; unless "Exposed to inappropriate content" includes me intentionally viewing tentacle porn...

Wardnath:
Because the problem is limited to Xbox Live.

Clearly.

and PSN sometimes bloody canadiens

Sounds reasonable. Most people who go on the internet don't understand that whatever someone says on there is not to be taken seriously. I have never actually cared about getting insulted online, it means nothing.

How many kids have had bad real life experiences? I would say it is more than 60%. I'm calling "The internet is all about the rape of your family" propaganda on this.

Don't you just love these online statistics pointing out the obvious? I know I do, because they remind me of how much I care; which is about 4-5%.

Plinglebob:

60% of Kids Have Had a Bad Online Experience

And its caused by the other 40% smack talking on Xbox Live

Part of me thought that, then I also thought about when someone say makes a thread like an idiot on the escapist saying "lol, look a ma utub vidz, like plz" and we all collectively tell him to go away. That might count as a bad experience.

Still I must ask, how much of these bad experiences could they have avoided themselves? By this I mean, did they need to click the link to 2girls1cup when their mate said it was totally gross etc. I'm asking, how many of the situation where out of their control.

"Bad experience" seems awfully vague, and therefore almost completely useless in terms of any kind of analysis.

THIS JUST IN: 235 OF A SURVEYED 600 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SAD AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES.

Narrowing it down ("Have you been bullied via the internet?" "Have you been approached inappropriately by an adult?" "Have you been teabagged?") might help.

thenumberthirteen:
Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

But... the disclaimers say you have to be 18 or older! You broke the law of the internet!
you filthy, filthy bast- okay, I did it too. Don't tell anyone!

I guess these 60% are only the ones who were ashamed to confess they looked at it intentionally. Or religious zealots. Or strange, strange persons.

And our next contender for 'Pointless experimentation of 2010' is:
Everyone is going to have a negative experience on the internet. School is no different and that's a hell of a lot more of a secure and safe place.

I quite enjoyed the inapropriate content :P

Quaxar:

thenumberthirteen:
Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

But... the disclaimers say you have to be 18 or older! You broke the law of the internet!
you filthy, filthy bast- okay, I did it too. Don't tell anyone!

I guess these 60% are only the ones who were ashamed to confess they looked at it intentionally. Or religious zealots. Or strange, strange persons.

Exactly what law do you break if you look at porn under age?

Sure its not maybe 90%?
All i ever hear is the breathing into the mic/high pitched voice of an 11 year old BOY! shortly followed by both teams trying to kill him and shouting "Shut up and hit puberty"

thenumberthirteen:
Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

So much truth in this He needs to start a religion.

The other 40% were able to suck it right the fuck up and move on.

thenumberthirteen:

Quaxar:

thenumberthirteen:
Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

But... the disclaimers say you have to be 18 or older! You broke the law of the internet!
you filthy, filthy bast- okay, I did it too. Don't tell anyone!

I guess these 60% are only the ones who were ashamed to confess they looked at it intentionally. Or religious zealots. Or strange, strange persons.

Exactly what law do you break if you look at porn under age?

I guess for Max Mosley it's Godwin's Law!
I know, old news is old...

Dosnt surprise me...with things like online games, chat rooms and such...I bet it can be quie upsetting at times

thenumberthirteen:
Exposed to inappropriate content? Hands up who was looking for and at "Inappropriate content" in their teenage years. \\(^_^)

Thats the first thing I did. I thought thats what the internet was for. I have fond memories of showing my father the hilarity that was talking dirty to random starngers over the internet. We're a weird family.

Also, I'm surprised the percentage is so low. Lets remember that many children will not admit to looking up naughty stuff online out of fear of getting in trouble, no matter how well thw researchers try to covnince them that everything is anonymous.

Logan Westbrook:
or propositioned to meet up with someone they met online.

Having met with numerous people I've met online, not just from this site, I can say that this being "a bad experience" is only applicable for the minority. The real question is how the child felt about it, not to mention other factors such as the purpose of the meeting, how well the child knew the person online and whether the proposition involved only the child, unsupervised.

I'm a child so I still count.

Wonderful - Another multimillion dollar study to aid corporations in Stating The Obvious, then never speaking of it again.

90% of this 60% will more than likely just be people who've been insulted while playing a game online.

Well, duh. Just like you'll have bad experiences anywhere in life.

Most of the bad online experiences were 2girls 1 cup.

Wow, 60 percent of kids really take being taken down on MW2 that seriously?

Ba-dum tish!

TrixTheBrit:
Most of the bad online experiences were 2girls 1 cup.

Ba dum, tish!!

Welcome to the Escapist. Enjoy your stay here, please act kindly to everyone and make sure to follow the rules, skip out on the Spaghetti in the cafetria, bring your own WiFi, and don't feed Doug, the Troll.

Oh boo-hoo. Cry me a river.
If it doesn't happen on the internet, it's gonna happen when they come across an asshole in rl.

The internet can be a pretty weird place for an adult, so imagine what it's like if you're a kid.

So? Online is not the only place kids can get a bad experience. Life is not all milk and honey you know. Online is the least of their problems. At least they are physically safe online.

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