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Study shows teens may be too trusting of online information

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It is easy to be trusting of what we see or read online.  However, as adults, we typically know to look at those things with a critical eye.

A new study by Ofcom, the U.K.'s communication regulations commission, shows teens are far too trusting with that information.

The study, which you can read by clicking here, found roughly one in five children aged 12 to 15 believe that information found in search engines like Yahoo! Google or Bing must be true. 

It also indicates many teens also turn to YouTube for truthful information.   Adults are not immune, as the study showed adults emailing phishign scams and as many as 45% fall for the scams.

WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice, Inc, Theresa Payton, says this means parents have to be mindful of and teach their children how to spot internet hoaxes, scams and frauds.

Her advice follows:

So what can you do?

1.  Talk to your kids and show them the trusted sources you use on the internet

2.  Wherever possible, install 2 factor authentication (this is often a code sent to your cell phone) so if you are tricked, the fraudsters can't take over your accounts) 

3.  Try educating yourself & loved ones by watching our segment each week and try out an internet safety game at OnGuardOnline.gov

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