Threat Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – In 2012 just over one third of the world’s population was connected to the internet. Significant regional variations in internet penetration exist, however, from 73.2% in North America, Europe and Australasia to less than 20% in Africa. Given the enormous populations of some countries in the developing world, the scope for growth in internet adoption is clearly huge. The gap between the developed and developing world is likely to narrow considerably over the next few years. The threat to children globally from sexual exploitation online can therefore only increase. (PDF, 372KB)

US Department of Justice Article on Dangers online – New computer technology presents complex challenges for law enforcement agencies and victim service providers. These professionals must protect Internet users as they conduct investigations, secure evidence, identify and apprehend offenders, and help child victims and their families. (PDF, 432KB)

Article of Attorney General Arizona – Access to the internet and social networking sites have increased our children’s ability to be exposed to negative influences such as drugs and alcohol. (PDF, 7655KB)

Report by Harvard University 2008 – The rapid rise of social network sites and other genres of social media among youth is driven by the ways in which these tools provide youth with a powerful space for socializing, learning, and participating in public life (boyd 2008; Ito et al. 2008; Palfrey and Gasser 2008). The majority (59%) of parents say the Internet is a “positive influence” in their children’s lives (Rideout 2007), but many have grave concerns about the dangers posed by the Internet. (PDF, 388KB)

Risks and safety on the internet – This report presents the full findings from a new and unique survey designed and conducted according to rigorous standards by the EU Kids Online network. It was funded by the European Commissions’ Safer Internet Programme in order to strengthen the evidence base for policies regarding online safety.(PDF, 6177KB)

Online Dangers: Keeping Children and Adolescents Safe – Pornographic material is abundant online, with more than 100,000 websites containing some form of pornography. Contact with pornography online can be attributed to either deliberately seeking out such material or to accidental exposure, such as mistyping website addresses or receiving illicit “spam” emails. (PDF, 162KB)

Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today: By ex-lads’ mag editor MARTIN DAUBNEY

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