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NCJ Number: 195016 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and the Internet
Author(s): Janet Stanley
Corporate Author: National Child Protection Clearinghouse
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: National Child Protection Clearinghouse
Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 642 39491 1
Sale Source: National Child Protection Clearinghouse
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Level 20 South Tower
485 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Vic 3000,
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper explores the relationship between child abuse and the Internet.
Abstract: The paper focuses on child sexual exploitation; children's exposure to sexually explicit or offensive material; and use of the Internet by pedophiles to legitimize, reinforce, and facilitate their sexual activities. It describes current efforts to prevent Internet-related child abuse. The efforts can be broadly categorized as: monitoring and criminal prosecution of offenders; community education; restricting children's access to offensive material on the Internet; and regulating the Internet industry. The paper includes a series of recommendations for further action. Development of successful prevention strategies requires cooperation at the individual and community levels, and can include such measures as community education campaigns, developing software that filters or blocks offensive material, regulating the Internet industry, and measures aimed at offenders. The article describes local and international initiatives to limit children's access to objectionable material; protection for "at risk" children; and regulation of Internet content. The article calls for a research agenda to oversee national-level legislative and policy development and a criminal justice response and to drive development of prevention and intervention measures, in order that the Internet is not used as a vehicle for the abuse of children. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Australia; Child abuse; Child abuse prevention; Child molesters; Child welfare; Children at risk; Juvenile victims; Research uses in policymaking; Science and Technology
Note: From Child Abuse Prevention Issues Number 15, Summer 2001; downloaded May 29, 2002.
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