Most junior-high school students today keep personal blogs, but some aren’t aware of the importance of protecting their privacy online. Some of them get allowances from their parents, yet many spend little time with their families. These were among the results from a survey of junior-high school students’ behavior released yesterday.
The survey, with more than 1,500 samples collected from randomly selected junior-high school students across the country, was conducted by the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF) and the Citi Foundation.
Released yesterday, the survey showed as many as 73 percent of junior-high school students kept personal blogs. Among them, about 70 percent post personal information and daily pictures.
Although most respondents agreed that posting information and pictures could be a threat to their privacy, as many as 30 percent said they saw no problem doing so. The percentage of respondents who are less aware of threats to their privacy was higher in southern and eastern Taiwan, with 37 percent and 42 percent of respondents from the respective regions saying they didn’t think it was a problem.
“Posting private information and pictures on the Internet is not only a threat to privacy; one can also violate the law if the pictures are inappropriate,” TWRF executive director Kang Shu-hua (康淑華) told the press conference.
Meanwhile, almost 90 percent of respondents said in the survey they get monthly allowances ranging from NT$633 to more than NT$3,000. However, more than 50 percent of them said they spent less than 30 minutes with their families every day.
“We’re releasing the survey results just before the summer vacation starts because we want to encourage everyone to pay more attention to young adults during the summer,” Kang said.
“We found that it is common for kids to have insufficient interaction with their families. We hope parents can spend more time with their kids to help them develop more solid values,” she said.
Citi Foundation public relations officer Liao Li-hsueh (廖麗雪), for her part, encouraged junior-high school students to learn more about how to manage their money and for parents to play a key role in helping them.
Survey results showed that while more than 70 percent of respondents know they should save money, only about a quarter keep records of their spending.