The European Commission (EC), as part of the Safer Internet Programme, has similarly identified online disclosure as a risky online behaviour for young people (Donoso, 2011; Safer Social Networking Principles of the EU, 2009).
Other researchers have noted that SNS users exhibit a lack of awareness of the risks for online victimization associated with Internet social communication and online disclosure of information (Bugeja, 2006; Kornblum & Marklein, 2006; Marcum, Ricketts, & Higgins, 2010).
cyberstalking, routine activity theory, social networking, online disclosure doi: 10.5817/CP2012-1-4 Members of Generation Y have been identified as the fastest growing demographic among Internet users (Jones & Fox, 2009).
Given the ubiquity of cyberspace for this demographic it is not surprising that one of the primary uses of the Internet for this group is social communication (Greenwood, 2009).
Gross and Acquisti (2005) reported that among a population of 4000 university students, 860 student Facebook profiles disclosed both current residence and at least two classes being attended. Linkages between depressive symptomology and Internet harassment among young regular internet users.
Similarly, Govani and Pashley (2007) found that 60% of student profiles on a social networking site at an American university contained a profile image, birthdate, relationship status, and American Online (AOL) Instant Messenger (AIM) screen name.
Other streams of research have asserted that the incidence of cyberstalking has similarly increased among college and university students (Barak, 2005; Bocij, 2003; Finn, 2004; Lee, 1998; Olsen, 2002).
Online exposure and a proclivity for social risk-taking were associated with cyberstalking victimization.