Social Networking sites have become popular among people of all ages and groups. Besides making people socially active, these sites have also become a major reason of concern for the parents due to various reasons. As per the research done by Crimes against Children Research Centre, it has been found that 22 % of the people targeted by the online predators are the children in the age group of 10 to 13 years.
58% of the kids spend their time on social networking sites to see what others are writing whereas 54% “Like” the things. When it comes to Facebook, 86 % of the teen users comment on the wall of their friend, 83% comment on friend’s picture and 66% send private messages.
There are around 88% of the parents who are concerned that their teens are using social networking sites and communicating with the people whom they do not know. 61% of the parents are concerned about sharing of personal information by their teens.
67% of the teens say that they know how to hide their online activities from their parents. 43% feel that if they come to know that their parents are keeping a watch on them, then they would change their online behavior.
The researchers at the iSafe.org found that in the year 2004, 57% of the students were victims of cyber bullying. Some of the states where Cyber Bullying Laws exist are Arkansas, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Vermont, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Iowa, Oregon and Massachusetts.