44% of teens admit to lying about their age online, which, according to NCMEC puts them at much greater risk for exploitation.
17% of teens have public access social media accounts.
33% of teens who have friends or followers they have never personally met.
97.5% Increase of online enticement reports to NCMEC from 2019 to 2020.
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60% of teens are bullied or harassed online.
70% of teens have reported someone spreading rumors about them online.
41% of teens who have experienced cyberbullying have developed social anxiety because of it.
51% of adolescents have posted seductive pictures to receive more likes and comments.
What Is Cyberbullying?
According to StopBullying.gov, Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
Warning signs a child Is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying:
Noticeable, rapid increases or decreases in device use, including texting.
A child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device.
A child hides their screen or device when others are near, and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.
Social media accounts are shut down or new ones appear.
A child starts to avoid social situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past.
A child becomes withdrawn, depressed, or loses interest in people and activities.
33% of college admissions offices confirmed reviewing the social media accounts of applicants as part of their admissions process.
42% of teens have experienced people posting things about them that they could not change or control.
55% of teens say they have decided not to post content that might reflect poorly on them in the future.
70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% use social media to check on current employees.
7.5 hours is the amount of time the average teen spends consuming media each day According to Common Sense Media.
1 in 10 teens use tools or apps to track their time spent online.
40% of teens do not participate in any after school or extracurricular activities.
2,617 is the number of times the average person touches their phone per day.
How to Set Some Healthy Boundaries
Watch the videos below to learn how to start setting some healthy boundaries with your smartphone and social media use. Set app limits, schedule downtime, and adjust notification settings to take back control of the way you, and your kids, spend your time.
32% of teens that struggle with an anxiety disorder.
FOMO is actually just a form of anxiety.
25% of teens say social media makes them FEEL less lonely.
10-24 y.o. The 2nd leading cause of death in this age range is suicide.
1 in 3 girls have body issues that are amplified by social media.
Worried about someone?
Know the warning signs. The list below may help you determine if someone is at risk for suicide.
Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves
Looking for a way to do so, like searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feelings hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
230,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients ages 13-19 in 2019.
71% of people edit their selfies.
40% decline over the past 10 years in the number of kids that spend time with friends every day.
24% of 16 year olds were not driving in 2018, and number that continues to decline.