New Data Reveals Risks Children Take Online; Frequency of Interaction with Strangers

Teen Who Was Tricked Online to Speak About Experience Along with Law Enforcement Expert Who Helped Her Avoid Danger

 WHAT:

On a telephone conference call, the Polly Klaas® Foundation will announce new data from a nationwide survey of the Internet behavior and experiences of children (ages 8-18). The responses from 1,468 youth reveal risks children take online and the frequency with which they communicate with strangers. A Foundation spokesperson will summarize the polling data and provide realistic guidance for parents in light of the findings, and a teenager and law enforcement expert on Internet safety will discuss the teen's own experience being nearly lured away by an adult.

WHO: 

  • Glena Records, Director of Communication and Education, the Polly Klaas® Foundation
  • Kim Mercer, San Francisco Police Officer, Internet Crimes Against Children unit
  • Katie Canton, 19-year-old who, when 15, was nearly lured to meet an adult she had met online

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

HOW:

To join the telephone press conference Dial: 800-362-0571, Passcode: Internet

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