Children know to run away from a suspicious stranger who approaches them in the street or park, but they believe they are invincible on the internet.
Some children may have no fear of online dangers or concerns about chat safety.
The findings do not mean that teens should have carte blanche to share all the intimate details of their life with 300 of their closest "friends," the study warned.
Home page Characters in the stories Author About Danger Spot Books Child safety books Other stories to be published Games Site map Contact us Email Safety Quiz Press release Child Accident Prevention and Safety Advice Foreign Rights Catalogue Ordering arrangements Privacy and Company Policy Statements Advice and Information There is an increasing number of children in danger of being targeted by paedophiles through internet chat rooms.
The company is also faced with a lawsuit seeking million in damages that was filed by watchdog groups of internet portals on behalf of the parents and a 12-year-old victim of molestation.
made a surprise move last week and shut down its user-created chatrooms.
Though social networking sites like Facebook and My Space have come under fire in recent years as havens for sexual predators, incidents of predators actually contacting teens through these sites are less prevalent than media reports might suggest, according to a study released this week.
"A close perusal of media stories suggests that online molesters have not changed their tactics as a result of the advent of social networking sites," according to a report from the University of New Hampshire's Internet Solution for Kids, Inc.
Whenever you have unprotected sex, there's always a risk of pregnancy or catching an STI.
So it's important to look after your sexual health.