Cyberbullying, online privacy, adult content - how can parents help their
tweens and teens navigate the Internet safely?
Canadian youth rate Internet safety as a top concern but continue to
engage in risky online behaviour, report finds
TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - A new survey of more than 1,000 Canadian youth
aged 9-17 by Microsoft Canada Co. and Youthography, provides insight into the
way young people use the Internet. The results show that while the Internet is
an overwhelmingly positive force in the lives of Canadian youth and most of
them are aware of potential dangers, too many children and teens still engage
in risky behaviour while online.
- Youth post personal information for public view, such as a profile
picture (39%), home town (16%), name of school (20%), relationship
status (22%), and e-mail address (21%) to social networking sites.
- 40% of youth have been bullied online, up from Microsoft's research
in 2004 where 25% respondents reported being cyberbullied. 16% admit
to being the bully and of those, 50% say they did it because they
were bullied first.
- More than 25% of males visit sites that have pictures or videos
showing violent acts, fighting or racist content.
Gavin Thompson, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Canada, is
available to comment on the survey results and provide Internet safety tips
for parents and children.
To read more about the research please see the Fact Sheet or watch video
For further information:
For further information: To arrange an interview please contact: Kieran
Lawler, Media Profile, Direct: (416) 342-1823, Cell: (416) 303-0799,