Internet safety has become the fourth most commonly mentioned of top child health problems in the United States, according to the 2015 C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital national poll on children’s health. It was eighth the year before, and now 51 percent of adults identified it as a top concern.

Top Child Health Problems in the United StatesIn addition, sexting was advanced to number six on the list from 13th place the year before. 45 percent of adults identified sexting as a major problem.

Childhood obesity, drug abuse, and bullying still remain the top of the list. Smoking dropped from fourth to seventh place. The survey of 1,982 adults ages 18 and up was conducted in May, 2015.

“The public is well aware of the potential risks to children and teens of Internet activities and sexting, such as cyberbullying and predatory behavior,” said poll director Dr. Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Children’s use of the Internet continues to grow, so it makes sense that growing use, without much evidence of greater safety, would lead to higher levels of public concern”.

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