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Unformatted text preview: laims that youngsters were unlikely to be
solicited by adults online and chances are, in fact, no greater than in real life. McGlaun (2008)
points to a study child health researchers Michele Ybarra of “Internet Solutions for Kids” and
Kimberly Mitchell of the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center
that attempted to find out where underage kids were most likely to be solicited by adults. They
studied 1600 kids between 10 and 15 across the US. Just 4% claimed they received unwanted
sexual solicitation and only 9% reported harassment from a social networking site. However,
whilst using a simple program such as instant messenger and chat rooms, they received 59%
and 19%, respectively, more unwanted solicitations from adults.
To be fair, there are other issues which bring about the hypothesis that the Internet is trending in
a less-than-safe direction. Jill tucker (2009) points out in her article that of 1000 teens polled,
10% had posted at least a semi-nude photo of a friend or themselves online. This type of
behavior is reckless and opens the door for a sexual predator to kick in. Citing the same study,
Tucker (2009) goes on to point out several key statistics; 4% of parents believed their kids
checked their social site more than 10 times per day, but the poll of teens showed 22%.; 37% of
students have used sites to harass other students on purpose.
The fact is that for kids the statistics point to an ever-increasing problem.
Bauer (2009) reports the following:
Since 1998, more than 41,000 incidents of suspected sexual solicitation over the
Internet have been reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children. In that time, the center has twice released study figures on how many
youths were solicited online. In 2000, that number was 1 in 5. Six years later, it
was 1 in 7.
Some teens are taught to how to keep their online profiles concealed from strangers. Indeed, in
Bauer’s (2009) article, she references a high school student whose parents...
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