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The internet provides children with access to a vast amount of information. However, this access comes at a price. There are dangers that also come with this access.
According to an essay written by Richard C. Tramontana titled “Controlling Internet Content Wont Work”, available on oii.org - oii Resources and Information., between 1995 and 2000, approximately 135 children were abducted or molested as a result of Internet contact. Although those numbers may not be alarmingly high in that time span, it shows that communication through the internet can potentially lead to abduction. Not necessarily, but potentially. Because the numbers are not high, does not mean children and teens should not be educated on the dangers of the internet.
The methods with which predators can communicate with their victims have increased. Internet bulletin boards, chat rooms, private web sites, and social networks, have been used by sexual predators and pedophiles in their attempts to exploit children.
According to statistics on www.enough.org :
-Four percent of youth internet users sexual solicitations from solicitors who asked to meet them in person, called them on the phone, or sent offline mail, money or gifts.
-Teens are willing to meet with strangers:
-16% of teens considered meeting someone they’ve only talked to online
8% have actually met someone they only know online.
A large majority of teens have established online profiles on social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster, and Xanga. This percentage is up from 61% in 2006.
With the increasing amount of time that teens spend online, they face other dangers like internet pornography and child pornography.
Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online. The number of domains is also growing. According to statistics found on the Enough is Enough Website in 2004, 3433 child abuse domains were found by the Internet Watch Foundation. In 2006, they had found 10656 child abuse domains. Child pornography has become a $ 3 billion annual industry! (actual statistic information was found by the Internet Watch Foundation, http://www.netnanny.com.au.internet-filter-news-information.php)
According to statistics of Family Safe Media, available on http://www.temptationofageneration.com/news.html , The largest group of viewers of internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17.
Even though not all solicitations on the internet lead to child abduction, the internet is still a potentially dangerous place for children and teenagers. It heightens the chance of an abduction to occur, because children and teens are increasing the amount of communication they have online.
Non-Profit Organizations and Social Networking Sites combined forces to combat this problem.