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Digital Citizenship & Online Safety
by Renae Gartrell - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 12:03 PM
Canadian Research Study:
Online Privacy, Online Publicity

A recent Canadian study by MediaSmarts, a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy, was just released providing some interesting information. Click here to read the entire report.

Key findings include:

· 97% of students would take steps to remove a photo they don’t want others to see.

· 68% mistakenly believe that a site with a privacy policy will not share users’ personal information with others.

· 59% would share the password to their social networking account, email account or cell phone. Girls are much more likely than boys to share their passwords.

· The percentage of students who misrepresent their age online to register on a site rises from 18% in Grade 4 to 65% in Grade 11.

· 28% say police should be able to read their social media posts.

· Parents are students’ main source of information about online privacy protection.

· 89% say it’s wrong for a friend to post a bad or embarrassing picture of them, and more than half think it’s also wrong for a friend to post a good picture of them without asking first.