skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 183069 Find in a Library
Title: Are the Dangers of Internet Child Pornography Exaggerated? (From Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology, Fifth Edition, P 116-133, 1998, Richard C. Monk, ed. -- See NCJ-183062)
Author(s): Julia Wilkins; Bob Trebilcock
Editor(s): Richard C. Monk
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Dushkin/McGraw Hill Publishing Group, Inc
Guilford, CT 06437
Sale Source: Dushkin/McGraw Hill Publishing Group, Inc
Sluice Dock
Guilford, CT 06437
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A writer of books and articles on educating children argues that claims of dangers posed by child pornography on the Internet represent an example of moral panic that causes otherwise sensible people to over-react, while a magazine writer contends that the Internet is a real danger to children because it provides easy access to pornography, encourages the creation and dissemination of child pornography, and provides pedophiles with a new group of children to prey upon.
Abstract: There have always been practical and legal restraints on speech and expression, and controversy has surrounded these restraints. Nonetheless, child pornography is available on the Internet and a key question is whether special safeguards are needed. Concerned citizens, especially parents, are forming coalitions and are demanding legal action to close down Internet sites dealing with child pornography and to control computer use and programs in public arenas such as public libraries and schools. At the same time, as of July 1997, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, only 25 young people have been entrapped in exploitative situations due to online encounters. Since July 1997, however, there have been at least six more serious encounters, including the murder of a child lured by an online chat room pervert. The writer of books and articles on educating children acknowledges there is child pornography on the Internet but believes the issue is unjustifiably perpetuated by a sensationalistic style of reporting and by misleading content in newspaper and magazine articles. In contrast, the magazine writer views child pornography on the Internet as an extremely serious matter and describes the dangers inherent in chat rooms and how child molesters network on the Internet.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Pornography; Child victims; Comparative analysis; Computer crime prevention measures; Computer related crime; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Crimes against children; Juvenile victims; Sex offenses
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.