MORE than one in four Irish teens have had "inappropriate contact" from people on social networking sites, according to new research, writes Eilish O'Regan.
The study, involving pupils in three schools, found that the sites pose "significant dangers" to young people.
It uncovered not just risks of inappropriate contact but also bullying, overuse, addiction and invasion of privacy.
The research, published in the 'Irish Medical Journal', was carried out by the Department of Paediatrics at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.
The findings revealed that 12pc of girls and 10pc of boys experienced bullying online. Nearly one third of the children said they have been made to feel uncomfortable while on sites with adults responsible in 37pc of these cases.