Internet SafetyInternet Safety Statistics (older archives available here)

  • 40 percent of kids in grades 4-8 reported they connected or chatted online with a stranger. Of those 40 percent:
    - 53 percent revealed their phone number to a stranger
    - 21 percent spoke by phone with a stranger
    - 15 percent tried to meet with a stranger
    - 11 percent met a stranger in their own home, the stranger’s home, a park, mall or restaurant
    - 30 percent texted a stranger from their phone
    - 6 percent revealed their home address to a stranger (Children's Internet Usage Study, Center for Cyber Safety and Education).
  • Technologies designed to prevent access to pornography or other online content perceived as harmful and;are presented as possible protective measures, and on average, a quarter of European families report using them. (July 2018: Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material)
  • 72 percent of Americans believe their accounts are secure with only usernames and passwords, yet every two seconds there is another victim of identity fraud. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to keep your accounts secure. (Stop. Think. Connect .(n.d.) "Lock Down Your Login", accessed 1-16-2017 from https://www.lockdownyourlogin.com).
  • When it comes to online enticement, girls make up the majority (78%) of child victims—while the majority (82%) of online predators are male. And 98% of online predators have never met their child targets in real life. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “The Online Enticement of Children: An In-Depth Analysis of CyberTipline Reports
  • 50 percent of American adults are worried about the amount of personal information about them online, while 47 percent said they were not confident they understood what would be done with their data once it was collected (National Cyber Security Alliance, January 12, 2017).
  • 39% of parents report using parental controls for blocking, filtering or monitoring their teen’s online activities (Pew Research Center, January 2016).
  • Internet safety was the 4th most commonly identified “big problem”, up from #8 in 2014. Sexting received the biggest change in rating this year, from #13 in 2014 to #6 in 2015 (http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/top-10-child-health-problems-more-concern-sexting-internet-safety)
  • Just 28% of parents have installed software on computers to prohibit certain website visitation; only 17% have such software on mobile devices, and just 15% on gaming consoles (Cox Communications 2012).
  • One in two parents do not use any blocking or filtering software on their children's Internet enabled devices. (FamilyPC Survey, August, 2001)
  • Nine in 10 teens say their parents have talked to them about online safety.
    • However, nearly half (49%) of teens claim their parents do nothing to monitor their devices. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. ?
  • Nearly half of teens admit to taking action to hide their online behavior from parents. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.
  • 46% of teens have cleared their search history and/or cookies on their browser. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.
  • 1 in 5 teens have used a private browsing feature so their parents can't see the sites they've visited. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.
  • 14% of teens report friends have invited someone over that they had only met online. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.
  • On average, teens spend 5 hours and 38 minutes online every day. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.
  • 18% of teens have considered meeting with someone in person whom they first met online.
    • Of these, 58% have actually met up with someone in person. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company.