Taipei, Almost 90 percent of young people aged 715 in Taiwan are members of social networking websites, with an average of three accounts per person and average usage of two hours a day, according to a recent survey.
A total of 87 percent of elementary and junior high school students have social networking accounts, according to a survey conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) from May 624, with 1,542 valid respondents.
The CWLF announced the survey results at a press conference in Taipei on Tuesday, noting that each respondent has an average of 3.8 social networking accounts and uses those accounts 16.7 hours per week on average.
The survey, with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.49 percentage points, also showed 9.3 percent of respondents used social networking sites more than 40 hours a week and 60.8 percent used electronic devices until midnight.
Almost 63 percent of respondents considered it important to stay online, 39.9 percent became anxious when they were offline or without their cellphone, the survey said, adding that 82.7 percent of respondents own a smartphone, with the median age of ownership being 10.1 years.
Furthermore, 46.7 percent of respondents did not protect their privacy, with 33.2 percent allowing websites to collect their personal information, the survey said.
The survey also found that 56.1 percent of respondents had watched scary or violent content, 37.3 had seen pornographic material online; 27.6 percent had negative experiences on social networking sites, including cyber bullying or harassment.
With the prevalence of short videos, 35.9 percent of respondents had uploaded videos with 35.3 percent doing so once a week and 9.3 percent doing so almost daily.
The survey revealed four risks faced by elementary and junior high school students using social networking sites, including internet addiction, access to personal information, exposure to inappropriate content and cyber bullying, head of the CWLF's policymaking center Li Hungwen said at the press conference.
Li lamented the fact that most parents pay insufficient attention to their children's social media use, giving them cellphones but making no effort to ensure they understand the dos and don'ts of the internet.
Moreover, some parents are addicted to social networking sites themselves, Li said.
The CWLF advised parents to do more to protect their children's privacy, monitor their contacts on social websites and remind them to be careful when commenting online, while also urging the government to set up an agency dedicated to managing internet safety.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel