Typical parental advice to children is do not divulge sensitive information to strangers. After all it isn’t something responsible adults do, is it? In today’s society, all of us are constantly reminded of the need to be wary of people trying to steal our identity, harm us either physically or financial or somehow other wise cause us to be a victim. It is also the type of wisdom parents like to impart on kids.
How much information would you divulge if you were contacted on the phone? If the caller was identified as someone conducting a survey, for law enforcement, would you be more willing? Would you spend time speaking with them? Would you allow your children to? What if you were offered money for them to spend quality phone time with your children? Would you agree if you were offered $1,000, $100 or $10? Would you allow them to discuss with your child their internet usage related to sexual content?
The NCMEC commissioned Youth Internet Safety Survey, was a telephone survey of a national sample of 1,500 youth Internet users, ages 10 to 17, and their parents or guardians. It was a follow-up to a previous study. The goal of the survey was to quantify and detail youth experiences with unwanted sexual solicitation, unwanted exposure to sexual material, and harassment on the Internet.
Partial Criteria of How the Youth Internet Safety Surveys (YISS-1 and YISS-2) Were Conducted:
Telephone surveys of representative national samples of 1,501 youth Internet users in YISS-1 and 1,500 youth Internet users in YISS-2, ages 10 through 17
Parents or guardians were interviewed first for about 10 minutes
With consent of parents or guardians, youth were interviewed for about 30 minutes
Youth participants received $10 checks and information about Internet safety
Experiences of sexual solicitation, unwanted exposure to sexual material, and harassment via the Internet in the past year and reactions to those experiences
The nature of friendships formed over the Internet in the past year
Knowledge of Internet safety practices among youth Internet users and their parents or guardians
Of the 26,853 eligible households that were contacted for household screening, apparently 12,537 did not interview.
Read the entire study