Internet Dangers

  Parent's  Rules ‘N Tools™

  Youth Safety Guide

  Safety Tools

  Harms of Porn

  Child Sexual Abuse

  Report a Cybercrime

  Big Cheese Sites

  Donna Rice Hughes

  Kids Online

       Chapter 1

       Chapter 2

       Chapter 3

       Chapter 4

       Chapter 5

       Chapter 6

       Chapter 7

       Chapter 8

       Appendix A

       Appendix B

       Appendix C

       Appendix D

       Appendix E

       Appendix F

       Appendix G

       Appendix H

       Appendix I

       Book Reviews

       Letter from Author

  Public Policy Updates

  MouseClick Maze (home)

Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace
Chapter 3

"This books sets itself apart from the rest by being honest and realistic about the dangers out there in the Wild Wild Web, but gives us parents the know-how to protect our children. . . . Every parent of a net surfing child should get, read, and follow this book."
Bruce A. Taylor, President and Chief Counsel,
National Law Center for Children and Families

How serious are the risks on the Internet?
What constitutes pornography?
How prevalent are online pornography and pedophilia?
How do I report illegal online activity?

The following are two major risks to children's safety in cyberspace:

  • When children go online, they have easy access to every type of pornography conceivable.
  • The Internet makes it possible for pedophiles and sexual predators to have easy access to children.

For our children to safely develop their potential online, we need to address the destructive misuse of this technology. Keep in mind that the technology itself is neutral; it's the exploitation of this new technology that poses threats to our children. This chapter will help you to further understand the risks of going online and how you can begin to respond to the dangers.

Online Pornography

Types of Pornography

How Children Access Pornography on the Internet

Children can access such pornography in two ways:
unintentionally and intentionally.

Unintentional Access
Children can inadvertently access pornography in several ways:

  • Innocent, imprecise, misdirected searches
  • Mistaken, mistyped URLs
  • Unsolicited e-mail
  • Instant messages (IMs)

Intentional Access

The Nature and Location of Pornography on the Internet or through Online Services

Computer pornography is found primarily in the following areas:

Adult Bulletin Board Services (BBSs)

USENET Newsgroups

World Wide Web

Chat Rooms

How Pedophiles and Cyberpredators Access Children on the Internet

What Is Being Done to Prosecute Sexual Predators?

Child Stalking Laws

To Report Illegal Online Activity

To report possible illegal online activity related to child pornography, predation, or any other type of child sexual exploitation, call the CyberTipline: 800-843-5678 (800-TheLost) or contact their Web site:

To meet the challenge, we need to be educated and to become more familiar with Internet uses and risks. We also need and deserve the joint commitment and creative support of the Internet industry, responsible corporations, community groups, schools, libraries, and law enforcement agencies.

The following chapters will help you in your role as a parent to do your part with your own children. You don't have to shoulder the burden by yourself. This is a shared burden. You are not alone!


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