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NCJ Number: 229016 Find in a Library
Title: Associations Between Blocking, Monitoring, and Filtering Software on the Home Computer and Youth-Reported Unwanted Exposure to Sexual Material Online
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:12  Dated:December 2009  Pages:857-869
Author(s): Michele L. Ybarra; David Finkelhor; Kimberly J. Mitchell; Janis Wolak
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the link between the use of blocking, monitoring, and filtering software in home computers and unwanted exposure of children and adolescents (ages 10-17) to sexual material online in a nationally representative sample of 800 U.S. households.
Abstract: Thirty-two percent of youth in homes with pop-up/spam blockers and 25 percent of youth in homes with filtering, blocking, or monitoring software on their home computers experienced unwanted exposure to sexual material online. This compared with such exposure for 43 percent of households without preventive software installed on the home computer. Among otherwise similar youth, those with pop-up/spam blockers installed on the home computer had 59-percent lower odds of reporting unwanted exposure to sexual material on their home computers; and filtering, blocking, or monitoring software was significantly associated with 65-percent lower odds of such exposure. When data were stratified by youths’ gender, the link between preventive software and unwanted exposure to Internet sexual content was similar for boys and girls; however, when data were stratified by age, preventive software was associated with significantly reduced risk of unwanted exposure to online sexual content for 10-12 year-olds and 13-15 year-olds, but not for 16-17 year-olds. The findings suggests that caregivers of boys and girls 15 years old and younger who want to reduce the likelihood of unwanted exposure to sexual material on their home computers should consider using preventive software, particularly filtering, blocking, or monitoring software. Study data were obtained from the Youth Internet Safety Survey-2, a national, random-digit-dialing telephone survey conducted in March-June 2005. The survey involved 800 households (1 caregiver and 1 child between the ages of 10 and 17) with home Internet access. Respondents answered questions that pertained to Internet prevention software on the home computer and adolescents’ exposure to online sexual content. 3 tables and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Computer privacy and security; Computer related crime; Computer software; Crime specific countermeasures; Pornography
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