Today's teens spend a whopping 7 1/2 hours each day in front of a screen, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Much of that time is spent chatting with friends on social networking sites.
The study's participants, who represented every state, included stay-at-home mothers, construction workers, engineers, nurses and presidents of large corporations.
Some went online for a quick "sex fix," while others established more meaningful connections where they talked about personal problems and marital issues, Mileham said. Still others wanted to engage in cybersex, exchanging sexual fantasies with someone while masturbating, she said.
What's your opinion on teens getting involved in social networking and online chat rooms?
I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the Internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.
Here are the top 10 most popular networking sites today's teens are using: We Chat originated in China but has quickly spread to teens all over the globe.
We Chat allows teens to connect with people who are located within a close geographical area.It's important to educate yourself about which social media sites your teen is using so you can establish clear rules and guidelines to keep your teen safe.Teens who don't understand the dangers of social networking may experience serious consequences, ranging from cyberbullying to victimization from sexual predators.Her parents sent her to Catholic schools, and her mother, a retired district judge, now jokes that she wants her money back.Her daughter’s beat is in the vilest corners of cyberspace, in chat rooms indicating “fetish” or various subgenres of flagrant peccancy.Both the policewoman and her target give the author their versions of the truth, in a case that challenges the conventional wisdom about online sexual predators, and blurs the lines among crime, “intent,” and enticement.