Study: Teen victims of abuse more likely to engage in risky online behavior
A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that teenage girls who had experienced abuse in real life were more likely to exhibit "high risk" online behavior, such as responding to online sexual advances and meeting Internet "friends" offline.
Researchers found that nearly a third of all teenage girls had met people offline after becoming online friends. And alarmingly, 1 in 10 experienced some kind of exploitation -- ranging from unwanted sexual advances to rape -- during that offline interaction.
Jennie Noll, a psychology professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, had been studying abused teens when she began noticing their online profiles were different. "They would, more often than some other kids, post racy photos of themselves or sexual utterances," Noll told LiveScience.
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