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A survey of 655 US teenagers aged 13 to 18 has revealed disturbing amounts of bullying going on via the mobile phone networks, despite the fact that most of them seem to understand the risks of sharing too much data online. The Teen Online and Wireless Safety survey was carried out by Cox communications in conjunction with the …

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Stop

Pah...

..we've had this in Blighty for years. Catch up....

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Black Helicopters

Save the children...

database all communications

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Paris Hilton

New phone

Unlimited Texting and Facebooking apps $9.95 pcm

new and innovative ways for you to drive to suicide those geeky goths that no-one talks to, or you can drive them to acts of mass violence.

Unlimited Picture Texting $9.95 pcm

how to screw your rep for life, take a candid shot send it to your boyfriend, he immediately passes it on to the entire Los Angeles telephone directory, Before you know it your knorks are on display for all eternity on every other perv website.

If I had a teenaged kid I would be thinking six times about a mobile phone for them.

Paris, cos she aint a teenager and she still got fucked up by her phone.

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Boffin

Whats this about horny teens?

I demand a playmobil construction, preferably with that ridiculous camera-phone pose where they hold it up over their heads, going "LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEEE" or similar.

My mim always told me to stop looking at pr0n, or id go blind, so now i wear safety goggles when i am exposed to the stuff.

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Ugh...

Misguided morality. Better they send pictures than get up to that stuff in person without being educated properly.

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@Fractured Cell

Nude playmobil?

No thanks.

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Anonymous Coward

Kids

FFS! Don't poll teens! They're full of sh1t at the best of times.

I don't know of a single teenager in the age bracket surveyed that would have told the truth when asked "have you ever sent or recieved a nude mms".

All the boys will say 'yes' to both, half the girls would have said 'yes' to receiving and all of them would have been talking b0ll0cks!

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What ghost 1 said plus

Glad in my day it was only those kodak instant cameras we had to play with!!

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Anonymous Coward

a fifth?

20% of those surveyed admitted possession of child pornography, and under 10% admitted distibution.

I wonder how many just didn't admit to the crimes

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Not surprising

"More cyber-specific, perhaps, is the preponderance of girls involved in over-the-air bullying, with 59 per cent of bullies being female."

This shouldn't be at all surprising. Typically female bullying is done via words (eg: gossip, etc) where as typical male bullying is done with physical intimidation (eg: fists, etc).

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No brainer

Is anyone surprised that teens are still acting like teens? So they have a new medium to play with.

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"and even the parents who were aware don't seem to be making any attempt to control the usage."

We're talking about 13-18 year olds here, right? While 13 may be a little young, by the time a teen is 18, you can damn well bet I'm not going to be "making any attempt to control their internet usage."

The fact is, I was 15 years old when I left home for school, was exposed to all sorts of freaks and deviants on the net, and came out just fine. After a certain age, it all comes down to how you raised the kid, not how well you can keep them locked in a padded box.

-d

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Grenade

National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children

Although those results don't look unbelievable I'd like to point out, for those who may not know, just what NCMEC is.

It's the US version of a quango, funded by the government, but supposedly not part of it. They have what is probably one of the worlds largest collections of child porn. They have a hotline for reporting suspected child sexual abuse, but they specifically reject reports of intra-family molestation, which as you probably know is the most common kind.

They claim they help find missing children, but in reality their primary business is aiding in the capture and return of minors who escape from their owners, I mean parents. Never mind that they may have run away for a *very* good reason. Think about it.

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