Google, email, YouTube. Smartphones, tablets, laptops. The internet is everywhere, and it’s more popular than ever. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, 95 percent of teens own or have access to a smartphone, and 45 percent say they are online nearly constantly.
Although the internet is a great source for research projects, keeping up with news and connecting with friends and family, there are also dangers involved.
Despite heightened security measures, online impersonators and “fakers” still lurk online. That 15-year-old Facebook user may actually be a 50-year-old adult pretending to be a teen. Meeting up with someone you met over the internet is extremely dangerous and could result in sexual assault or even murder.