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61

of Canadian youth aged 12-17

engage in social media, video and/or instant messaging several times a day or more (Statistics Canada).

Greater frequency of social media and gaming use was associated with lower general mental health, higher risk of disordered eating and suicidal ideation, body image concerns, and loss of sleep and being less physically active

Kerr & Kingsbury, 2023; Statistics Canada

According To

Martellozzo, Monaghan, Davidson, & Adler, 2020

of teens aged 11-15 have seen online pornography

48%

viewed pornography once per week

34%

actively searched for pornography

47%

accessed on a handheld device

47%
15-24

In Canada, young people aged 15-24 report the highest rates of online media use of any age group.

Statistics Canada

12.2

AND AS YOUNG AS

10

When are kids exposed to explicit content?

The average age of first exposure to sexually explicit content is 12.2 years, and one third was exposed as young as age 10

Lykens, Pilloton, Silva, Schlamm, Wilburn, & Pence, 2019

of teens

have accessed simulated violence online
McAfee, 2012

of parents

disclosed that they are not monitoring their children’s online behaviors because they are overwhelmed by technology
McAfee, 2012

of parents/caregivers

believe their teen is more tech-savvy than they are, resulting in feeling helpless about how to help their teen’s online behaviours
McAfee, 2012

7 out of 10

teens have hidden their online behaviors from their parents. This is done by:

1

clearing the browser history

2

minimizing the web browser when parents are nearby

3

deleting instant messages

Approximately two-thirds of parents of teens (65%) say they worry at least some about their teen spending too much time in front of screens, including a third who worry a lot about this.

Pew Research Center, 2018

65%

Over half (58 %) of teens reported their parents’ behavior was the most important determinant of their own sense of appropriate behavior online or on a smartphone.

Rafla, Malak, Nicholas J. Carson, and Sandra M. DeJong, 2014

58%

Cumulative data that shows 70% of boys and 53.5% of girls under the age of 12 have seen pornography.

Reist & Bray, 2018

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