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Children’s Study Reveals Internet Behavior of Teenage Girls

A new Cincinnati Children’s study finds one-third of teen girls actually have in-person meetings with someone they’ve met online.

The study led by Jennie Noll, PhD, director of research in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s, examined the Internet and social media habits of 250 girls. The study showed abused or neglected teenage girls were more likely to present themselves online in a sexually provocative way than other teenage girls.

“These meetings may have been benign, but for an adolescent girl to do it is dangerous,” says Dr. Noll.

The new study is part of a larger body of Dr. Noll’s work on high-risk Internet behaviors.  In a previous pilot study, she asked girls whether they have ever met anyone offline after meeting them online and heard some “chilling” stories, she says.

Read the story from the Cincinnati Enquirer, listen to the story from WVXU and read Dr. Noll’s blog post about the study.

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