who spend more time online (4.5 hours on an average) are 50% more likely to engage in
risky behavior like taking illegal drugs, smoking, drinking, using cannabis,
not using seat belts or having unprotected sex. This
research was carried out by researchers from the Queen's University in Canada.
They claimed that teenagers were far more likely to see 'undesirable' content
online than on TV.
The research is based on social
cognitive theory, which suggests that seeing people engaged in a behavior is a
way of picking up that behavior. Computer usage among teens has increased in
recent years. Another possible reason might be that considerable amount of
advertising which was earlier shown on TV has now found its way to the
internet. TV and video games have more established protocols in terms of
censorship but Internet protocols are yet to be established.
Therefore to protect children from
exposure to undesirable content, parents can make use of programs that control
access to the Internet. The research is published in the Journal of