Fewer Kids Exposed to Unwanted Sexual Content Online

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Monday, December 19, 2011

Fewer Kids Exposed to Unwanted Sexual Content Online

Kids are not being exposed as much to unwanted sexual solicitations or porn on the Internet these days, according to a study released Thursday. While the problem still occurs, it seems that greater public awareness and social pressures have improved youth Internet safety in recent years.

The study, published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, was based on nationwide surveys of youths ages 10 to 17 conducted in 2000, 2005 and 2010. Researchers found that the proportion of kids receiving unwanted sexual requests (from either adults, strangers or peers) declined from 13% in 2005 to 9% in 2010 and have fallen by half since 2000.

Kids who experienced unwanted exposure to pornography online fell from 34% in 2005 to 23% last year.

Arrests of online predators, education and public awareness may have cleaned up the online world for kids to some extent, the researchers said.

Source: Los Angeles Times