Teens, Cyberbullying and Online Porn

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Story Updated: Nov 1, 2013

These days most kids have a computer, tablet or smart phone. So, parents, do you know how your kids use the technology? A new study suggests you may have little idea about what they encounter in their online lives. In a national survey of parents and kids, researchers tracked some disturbing tech trends. 30 percent of children said they had been cyberbullied...but just over 10-percent of their parents reported knowing about it.

15-percent of the kids admitted to actually being the cyberbully...but under 5-percent of their parents had a clue. Nearly 50 percent of the children said they'd accidentally been exposed to sexual imagery while about 40 percent of their parents thought that was the case-.

Nearly 20 percent of the kids said they'd been approached by a stranger online while about 10 percent of the parents knew what had occurred.

The researchers say the more permissive the parents, the more likely they were to miss many of these online issues. The best way to combat this is to talk to your kids about their internet use... and monitor it more often.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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