Internet Statistics*

Women

  • 22% who have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves: 22% of teen girls; 11% of girls ages 13-16
  • The percent of teenagers sending or posting sexually suggestive messages: 37% of teen girls
  • 71% of teen girls who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent or posted this content to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • 21% of teenage girls say they have sent sexually suggestive content content to someone they wanted to date or hook up with.
  • 51%of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy messages or images;
  • 52% of teenage girls used sexting as a “sexy present” for their boyfriend.
  • 40% of teenage girls said they sent sexually suggestive messages or images as “a joke.”
  • 34% of teen girls say they sent or posted sexually suggestive content to “feel sexy.”\
  • 12% of teen girls felt “pressured” to send sexually suggestive messages or images
  • 38% of all online girls have reported experiencing some type of harassment
  • 30 percent of teenage girls polled by the Girl Scout Research Institute said they had been sexually harassed in a chatroom. Only 7 percent, however, told their mothers or fathers about the harassment because they were worried that their parents would ban them from going online”
  • 84% of girls have long text exchanges on personal matters
  • How many young adults are sending or posting nude or seminude images of themselves? 36% of young adult women
  • How many teens are sending or posting sexually suggestive messages? 37% of all teen girls; 56% of young adult women (teen 13-19, YA woman 20-26)

Children

  • 42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.
  • 35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once.
  • 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.
  • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once.
  • 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once.
  • 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
  • Only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits, and how these behaviors can lead to cyberbullying.
  • The percent of teenagers who have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves:
  • 20% of teenagers overall
  • 22% of teen girls
  • 18% of teen boys
  • 11% of teen girls ages 13-16
  • The percent of teenagers sending or posting sexually suggestive messages:
  • 39% of all teenagers
  • 37% of teen girls
  • 40% of teen boys
  • 44% of both teen girls and teen boys say it is common for sexually suggestivetext messages to get shared with people other than the intended recipient.
  • 36% of teen girls and 39 % of teen boys say it is common for nude or semi-nudephotos to get shared with people other than the intended recipient.
  • 75% of teens and 71% of young adults say sending sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences.”
  • 39% of teens and 59% of young adults have sentor posted sexually suggestive emails or text messages
  • 20% of teens and 33% of young adults havesent/posted nude or semi-nude images of themselves.
  • 23% of teen girls and 24% of teen boys say they were pressured by friends to send or post sexual content.
  • 32% of online teens have experience one of the following forms of harassment:
  • 15% of teens reported having private material forwarded w/o permission
  • 13% had received threatening messages
  • 13% said someone had spread a rumor about them online
  • 6% had someone post an embarrassing picture of them online w/o permission
  • 26% of teens have been harassed via their cell phone
  • 4% of 12 year olds have sent or received a sext
  • 16 percent of teens considered meeting someone they’ve only talked to online and 8percent have actually met someone they only knew online
  • 48 percent of K-1st reported viewing online content that made them feel uncomfortable,of which 72 percent reported the experience to a grownup, meaning that one in four children did not.
  • 32 percent of teens clear the browser history to hide what they do online from their parents.
  • 52 percent of teens have given out personal information online to someone they don’t knowoffline including personal photos and/or physical descriptions of themselves (24 percent).Double the number of teen girls have shared photos or physical descriptions of themselves online as boys.
  • Almost one in eight youth ages 8-18 discovered that someone they were communicating with online was an adult pretending to be much younger
  • 48 percent of mothers admitted they don’t always know what their kids do online.
  • In at least four states, sexting kids are facing charges of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. That translates into 26% of all American teens ages 16-17

*Sources Available Upon Request