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Girls Who Have Been Maltreated More Likely to Engage in High-Risk Internet Behaviors

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Social networking sites are widely used by adolescents, but they can provide a way for predatory criminals to gain access to potential young victims. 

Researchers supported by the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch assessed factors that contribute to high-risk Internet behaviors in adolescent girls. These behaviors included viewing sexually explicit content, provocative social networking profiles, and entertaining online sexual solicitations. 

The results showed that child maltreatment, adolescent behavioral problems, and low cognitive ability were uniquely associated with high-risk Internet behaviors (PMID: 23319522).

Last Reviewed: 05/29/2014
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