Safeguarding young people from cyber pornography and cyber sexual predation: a major dilemma of the internet
Article first published online: 12 JUN 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Child Abuse Review
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 153–170, May 2007
How to Cite
Dombrowski, S. C., Gischlar, K. L. and Durst, T. (2007), Safeguarding young people from cyber pornography and cyber sexual predation: a major dilemma of the internet. Child Abuse Rev., 16: 153–170. doi: 10.1002/car.939
- Issue published online: 12 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 12 JUN 2007
- child abuse;
- online grooming;
Over the past 20 years, the internet has provided an expedient mode of communication and access to a wealth of information. The internet is a valuable tool; however, it can also be detrimental to the wellbeing of children due to numerous online hazards. There is the potential for children to be abused via cyberspace through online sexual solicitation and access to pornography. Indeed, the internet is replete with inappropriate material, including pornography, chatrooms with adult themes and access to instant messaging wherein others could misrepresent themselves. Because children are actively utilizing the internet where unknown others can have access to them or where they can be exposed to inappropriate sexual materials, they require safeguarding and education in safe internet use. The purpose of this article is to provide a discussion of how to safeguard children from and educate them about online sexual solicitation and pornography. We contend that society needs an overall conceptual shift in its attitude towards young people's internet use. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.