Social networking sites are becoming more and more popular among the people of all ages and specially children. Though these sites have their own benefits but large number of parents hate these sites due to various different reasons.
It has been seen that children of 12 or 19 years of age who do not have an active life outside home and school are more tend to make friends at internet. It has also been reported by The National Center for Missing and Exploited that around 25% of the children while surfing the net receive unwanted sexual material. As per the Crimes against Children Research Center around 22% of the people who are targeted by the predators online are the children in the age group of 10 to 13 years.
If we consider teenagers then they are among the majority user as 73% of the teens are present on social networking sites. 37% of these teen users send messages to their friends on daily basis. Twitter is used by 8% of the American teens while 22% of the teenagers log on to their Facebook account for more than 10 times in a day.
There are various types of activities that are performed by kids on various social networking sites. 58% of the kids see as to what others are writing while 57% play games. 54% of the kids like things while 43% post updates.
86% of the teenagers on social networking sites comment on the wall of their friends while 83% comment on the pictures of their friends. 66% teens send private messages to their friend while 58% send IM or text messages.
88% of the parents are aware of the fact that their teenage children are using the net so as to communicate with unknown people. One of the major concern of 61% of the parents in regards to their teenage children is sharing of their personal information online. All across the globe, 1 out of every 10 children experience cyber bullying and the victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide.