Teens, Sexual Violence & Internet Safety: The Facts
According to the Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS) conducted in 2005, one in three U.S. Internet users aged 10 to 17 was exposed to unwanted sexual material (Wolak, Mitchell, and Finkelhor, 2006)
According to the Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS), one in eleven U.S. Internet users aged 10 to 17 had been the recipient of threats or offensive behaviour over the past year (Wolak, Mitchell, and Finkelhor, 2006)
less than 10% of children and youth sexually solicited over the Internet in 2005 reported the incident to law enforcement authorities, Internet service providers, or some other authority (Wolak, Mitchell, and Finkelhor, 2006)
More recently, incidents of child luring reported by these police services have increased. The number of police-reported child luring incidents in 2006 was 1.5 times greater than in 2005, and rose an additional 31% in 2007 (Child luring through the Internet By Jennifer Loughlin and Andrea Taylor-Butts, Statistics Canada, Juristat, March 2009)
Arm yourself with Internet knowledge: Here are some tips to help protect yourself!
Choose user names and emails carefully: for example, the user name sexy_sally_1984 reveals gender, name, and a possible age/year of birth
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