INTERNET PREDATORS;PARENTS CLUELESSABOUT THE DANGER ONLINE . CS-2 Miguel Tachna
PARENTS CLUELESS? Most parents know that this predators do exist, but they think that, their son will never be a victim, and they do nothing about it to protect the family.
THE PROBLEM… Is that someone who “knows” computers has helped to convince the parent that it is some strange new territory with new rules and the old rules just dont apply anymore. But the old and tradicional rules DO apply because the internet is a total real world.
ITS A REAL WORLD The “net-cops” make conferences with parents at schools making this comparations: Do you let your kids steal?" "Do you let your kids talk to strange adults?" "Do you let your kids tell strangers where he lives?" "Do you let your kids visit places like that downtown?" "Then why do you let them do it online? Because THEY told you it was different?"
How big is the problem? 1 in 7 children are sexually solicited online EVERYDAY 1 in 3 children are exposed to pornographic images online EVERYDAY An estimated 80% of convicted sex offenders have access to a computer and are online DAILY SOURCE: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Where are children/teensin the most danger online? Chat sites ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Profile Sites Myspace, Facebook, Livejournal, Xanga Online Games Runescape
What kind of information is posted intentionally?NameAddressPhone NumberEmail AddressSchoolFavorite ActivitiesSpecial Messages to Friends
Too much information… Children and teens post information about themselves online by their own will. Most online profile sites offer very little in the way of protection of the information that is posted by users Facebook is the “safest” online profile site for teens to use
Terrible Tragedies Spring 2002: Connecticut 13 year old Christina Long becomes the first murder victim because of MySpace.com February 2006: Connecticut 7 teenage girls are sexually assaulted by men they met on Myspace.com June 2006: Michigan 16 year old Katherine Lester agrees to fly to Israel to meet a 20 year old man that she met on Myspace.com authorities intercept her in Jordan
Sex Offenders and MySpace.com MySpace.com has found 744 registered sex offenders with profiles Edwin Hall, arrested for the June 2007 murder of Kelsey Smith, listed favorite pastimes on his MySpace.com account as: “Eating small children and harming animals.” Little is being done to delete and/or monitor suspected sex offender profiles
Attitudes “It can’t happen to me” “I’m smarter than adults online” “I would know if I was being cyber-stalked” “Parents are paranoid”
Who are the victims of Internet sex crimes? Most are teenagers 12-17 (approximately 30% being male) Most know they’re getting involved in a sexual relationship with an adult. 99% of Internet victims are ages 13-17 Stats from University of New Hampshire National Study, October 2001-July 2002
Teens most vulnerable… Have poor relationships with parents (Adolescent girls who report high degree of conflict with their parents, boys who report low parental monitoring) Suffer from loneliness or depression (Teens turning to the Internet to alleviate their loneliness) Are gay or questioning boys (Boys who use the Internet to seek out information about homosexuality) Compliant or Statutory Victims (Those victims who actually cooperate with offenders and develop strong sexual attachments to them)
DANGER IN YOUR HOME Children are dying at the hands of their Internet child molesters and, not all sexual exploitation of children happens offline. Some exploit the victims in their own homes.
The Face-to-Face Meeting The predator will arrange a meeting with the child with the intent of assaulting him/her The child often willingly agrees to this meeting because they believe they have made a new “friend”
Offenders: Who are they? There is no one “profile” of an online predator Offenders are: Divorced, single, married Ages 14-70 Rich, poor, middle class Many are involved with children and teens because they live with them, work with them, or volunteer with groups that provide activities for youth Source: PA Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce
Internet Safety Tips Keep the computer in a common area Don’t use chat rooms Don’t talk to strangers Don’t give out personal information Monitor what your children do online NO MYSPACE!!!!