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HHS HealthBeat (May 24, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Teenage girls may want to take a look in the virtual mirror. Your profile picture, bio, and interests, might say more about you than you want. A study looked at the social media behaviors of girls ages 14 to 17; how they presented themselves, and they’re likelihood to interact with people they met online.

Dr. Jennie Noll is a professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“The girls who had the propensity to present themselves as provocative online were the ones who met someone offline.”

Teenage girls should think two or three times before seeing someone they met online.

“For an adolescent female to meet someone offline whose identity has not been fully confirmed is a dangerous situation.”

The study in the journal Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 23, 2013