What are Youth doing on-line? survey results

Youth Field Xpress, May 2008, ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS, Youth Poll 2008
The results of the 16th national Youth Poll of the attitudes and opinions of 15- to 18-year-olds in Australia were released in early May. This year’s poll found that while the internet plays a critical role in young people’s lives (64 per cent had a social networking site such as MySpace and Facebook), 22 per cent had also experienced online bullying or harassment. Youth Poll 2008 also found that:* 58 per cent of respondents supported same-sex marriage;* rates of youth binge drinking, smoking and other drug use had all declined compared to previous Youth Poll surveys;* body image was a major concern to 54 per cent of those surveyed;* 46 per cent knew a young person who had attempted or committed suicide; and* 72 per cent supported the Australian government’s signing of the Kyoto Protocol.
Information from the Youth Field Express website http://www.acys.info/publications/newsletter/current_edition
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

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