This is a startling and terrifying statistic. Parents: what is your teenage daughter doing online? WFMJ reported the results of a recent pediatric study:
"... the study tracked online and offline activity among more than 250 girls aged 14 to 17 years and found that 30 percent followed online acquaintance with in-person contact..."
The study, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), included a mix of girls with and without a history of risky behavior. The study's author is Jennie Noll, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
I recommend that parents read the WFMJ article, since it includes additional information. Reportedly, the study appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics. I wished that the study had included younger girls, since many social networking sites allow youth aged 13 and older to register.