Keeping Children Safe Online
The major areas of concern on the web are:
This paper will discuss research only on a few of those areas and the relationship and damage of child sexual abuse dangers through internet pornography. It will also show key points on how to protect the future generations from being targeted or affected by online child sexual abuse. Child Sexual Abuse is a common cause of developmental disorders in children and adults. Consequences of child sexual abuse range "from chronic depression to low self-esteem to sexual dysfunction to multiple personalities. A fifth of all victims develops serious long-term psychological problems, according to the American Medical Association. These may include dissociative responses and other signs of a post-traumatic-stress syndrome [sic], chronic states of arousal, nightmares, flashbacks, venereal disease and anxiety over sex or exposure of the body during medical exams" ("Child Sexual Abuse . . .," 1993).
Keeping Children Safe Online
There are many dangers within the internet also known as the cyber road way. Though we have a wealth of information at our finger tips at the exact times we need it. There are many dangers waiting for our youth at those moments as well. The Internet, just like the real world, is filled with its upstanding citizens, lowlife grease balls, civic centers, red light districts, libraries, dirty bookstores, video arcades, casinos, museums and bootleg kiosks. Parents wary of allowing their children out of the house without certain guidelines -- like "don't cross the street without looking both ways," "be home by 8" and "stay away from that shifty-eyed drifter who hangs out under the bridge" -- should have a series of equally reasonable guidelines for their children when they venture into the potentially seedy online world” (Pirillo, 2009). While there are over 3 million safe child friendly sites on the net, children can suddenly come across material of a sexual or violent nature and language that is offensive. Quite innocently they can bring up sites that do not relate to the topic they are looking for, or someone can send images or messages that are not suitable. The main dangers to children are that they may access inappropriate information such as pornography, inadvertently form ‘friendships’ with strangers, risk their personal health through an excessive use and endangering their privacy by revealing person details about themselves to online predators (Media, 2010). According to the survey, one in five youths who regularly use the Internet received sexual solicitations or approaches during a 1-year period. The survey also found that offenses and offenders are more diverse than previously thought. In addition to pedophiles, other predators use the Internet. Nearly half (48 percent) of the offenders was other youth, and one-fourth of the aggressive episodes were initiated by females. Further, 77 percent of targeted youth was age 14 or older—not an age characteristically targeted by pedophiles. Although the youth stopped most solicitations by leaving the Web site, logging off, or blocking the sender, the survey confirmed current thinking that some youth is particularly vulnerable to online advance. (Crime, 2001) The responsibility for protecting children from illegal pornography and criminal activity lays largely on the role of the parents. Parents and caretakers must become more proactive in protecting the children from internet corruption. Children can access internet pornography in many ways some being through the internet, email and spam filter boxes, instant messaging, chat rooms, networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and also on the very widely used YouTube. Criminals use the children’s personal information against them. Internet sites...
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