Why Is The Internet So Dangerous For Children?

As any comprehensive source of completely uncensored and often times erroneous information, the Internet is not an expert teacher or insoluble source of information. Nor is it really designed for children.

Exploring the Internet without adult supervision or guidance many Times exposeschildren to sites and inappropriate content that is mentally and emotionally harmful (sites that advocate violence, that are sexually explicit, or that encourage inappropriate behavior) to emotionally immature mind of a child or teenager.

For example, It is not uncommon for many people to use chat rooms and instant messaging to make inappropriate and potentially dangerous contact with children.

In fact, the FBI estimates that there are over one million pedophiles online at any given time, lurking in chat rooms and teen centric social networking communities.

Online stalkers and pedophiles are constantly trolling the net looking for children just like yours. If you think they're not just take a look at these statistics:

  • Over 20% of all children targeted by online predators are 13 years old or younger. However, that doesn't mean that you're 17-year-old is any safer.

  • 1 in 33 youth received an aggressive sexual solicitation - a solicitor who asked to meet them somewhere; called them on the telephone; sent them regular mail, money, or gifts.

  • 1 in 4 underage teens suffered unwanted exposure to sexual images.

  • And 1 in 17 was threatened or harassed online by someone they did not know or just recently Matt

A favorite tactic of the online pedophile is to pretend to be a teenager with the goal of building trust and friendship with a child before moving on to more dangerous activities like suggesting a person-to-person meeting.

Often times the sex offender will send their targets pornographic images in an effort to desensitize the child early in the relationship so that the child would be more likely to fall victim to manipulation by the pedophile later down the road.

Online teens use instant messaging almost 2-1 over adults. 2/3rds of those teens use IM at least several times a day. This only serves to further expose them to online predators.


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