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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.
"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.
The New Hampshire study identified several characteristics that make young Internet users more likely to be targeted by offenders regardless of the platform they use.
Kids who spoke to unknown people online, had unfamiliar people on their buddy lists, freely talked about sex with strangers online, looked for pornographic material on the Internet, or who were routinely "rude or nasty" while online were found to be at greater risk.
that will be published in the February/March issue of American Psychologist.
The study relies on data collected between 20, including interviews with teenage Internet users as well as federal, state and local law enforcement officials.