Survey Says

New Study Reveals How Terrible Teens Are Online

How are we doing on banning tweens and teens?
Hacker/devil. (Photo: Hashgram)

Hacker/devil. (Photo: Hashgram)

Between their bratty attitudes and stealing all the free chicken samples at the mall’s Wok N Roll, tweens are miniature little devils who are on a destructive path to ruin the world. Now, a new alarming survey from McAfee reveals that their terrifying and deceitful behavior is happening online too.

Nearly half of tweens polled said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were watching and 85 percent of kids aged 10 to 12 years old admitted to using Facebook when the minimum age to use it is ~technically 13 years old. Badasses!

Sixty precent said they’re smart enough to know how to hide their online activities from their parents and 25 percent said they clear their browsing history after using the computer, because they’re probably watching porn.

And it doesn’t sound like teens will outgrow their terribleness any time soon: Nearly 30 percent of the 10 to 23 year olds surveyed said they’ve witnessed cyberbullying, with 89 percent of it happening on Facebook. Also, 46 percent admitted to using foul language in those diatribes because Ashley is indeed a fucking hoe.

We’re increasingly spending hours online too, with a quarter of youth claiming they spend 5 to 6 hours per day online while they’re dumb parents only believe it’s 1 to 2 hours.

UM, Selena Gomez’s Vevo channel isn’t going to watch itself, mom.

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