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30% of minors share revealing and violent photos online: group

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 30 percent of minors have shared their or other people's revealing or violent pictures or videos online, Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) stated yesterday.

The CWLF and Google published a survey regarding safety issues for minors using the Internet yesterday. Based on the survey, many minors in Taiwan still lack knowledge and awareness about internet safety even though most of them are highly proficient at operating computers and surfing online.

According to the survey, nearly 50 percent of minors surf online everyday, and they spend an average of 16.1 hours online each week.

The survey also showed that it is common for minors to try and make friends online, which has potential risks.

According to the survey, nearly 40 percent of minors said that they have seen pornographic or violent information online, and the older the minors become, the more time they would spend surfing the Internet.

The survey also suggested that 6.2 percent of minors do not worry about the negative results or influence that might be caused from sharing their or other people's revealing or violent pictures and photos.

Based on the survey, minors do not have a strong impression about the importance of protecting their privacy online. The survey showed that 62.4 percent of minors revealed their personal information online, and about 25 percent of minors do not log out after using public computers.

According to the survey, 53.1 percent of minors had experience chatting with strangers online, and among them about 30 percent do not consider a person a stranger if they talk to him or her online more than three times.

Alicia Wang (王育敏), chief executive officer of the CWLF, said that Google and the foundation decided to launch an Internet security plan for minors that will provide tips and suggestions for parents and teachers to protect minors from being exposed to inappropriate content online.

“We will utilize the online platform and step into campuses to promote this plan in order to allow more people to pay attention to online safety issues,” said Wang.

Google Taiwan managing director Chien Lee-feng (簡立峰) said that Google values users' privacy as well as Internet security.

“For children who are born in the Internet ear, surfing online has become a part of their lives,” said Chien. “Therefore, Google hopes that the Internet security plan will allow minors to learn about how to use the Internet properly.”

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Google Taiwan managing director Chien Lee-feng (簡立峰), back left, and Alicia Wang (王育敏), chief executive officer of the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF), back right, pose together at the Internet security plan for minors launch press conference in Taipei, yesterday. The CWLF and Google published a survey regarding safety issues for minors using the Internet yesterday. (CNA)

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