This article describes a study tracking trends of sexual solicitations, harassment, and unwanted exposure to pornography of youth via the Internet between 2000 and 2005. The study was varied by age, gender, race, and household income.  The results show that there was an overall decline in the percentage of youth reporting sexual solicitations, although this decline was not evident among minority youth and those living in less affluent households.  However, there was an overall increase in harassment and unwanted exposure to pornography.  This increase was particularly apparent among 10-12 year-olds, 16 to 17 year olds, boys, and White, non-Hispanic youth.

The article suggest that the decline in the percentage of youth reporting sexual solicitations may reflect the effect of education and law enforcement activity, while the rise in unwanted pornography exposure may reflect technological changes as well as the more aggressive marketing strategies of pornography merchants.  The article concludes that professionals need to continue efforts at preventing sexual solicitations, and in particular need to target at-risk populations.  The article also concludes that efforts to prevent harassment and unwanted exposure to pornography need to be strengthened and more widely implemented.

 

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