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New facts about online predators May 8, 2009

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Internet Safety, Survey.

I recently read an article from Switched reporting on a new study from University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center. The study deals with data collected from an sample of American law enforcement agencies about crimes by online sex predators during two 12-month periods, in respectively 2000 and 2006.

Here are some of their conclusions based on the study:

  • Arrests of online predators in 2006 constituted about 1 percent of all arrests for sex crimes committed against children and youth.
  • Arrests of online predators increased between 2000 and 2006. Most arrests and the majority of the increase involved offenders who solicited undercover investigators, not actual youth.
  • The internet is not more dangerous than other environments that children and adolescents frequent.
  • Social networking sites are not necessarily dangerous environments (predators are more likely to use online chat rather than SNSs to initiate contact to possible victims).

Read more about the study and the measurements here.

Be aware that the numbers represented may not reflect the full number of crimes committed by online predators, as “many sex crimes against minors never come to the attention of law enforcement”. However, it is safe to say that children are still “most likely to be exploited by acquaintances and family members, rather than strangers on the Internet”, as pointed out in the article from Switched.


1. Dimitrios - July 11, 2009

I need your help.. I am trying to forward a story to Dateline NBC regarding online predators. I believe online predators is not just guys looking for underage girls. I believe it could be a male or female trying to hurt and manipulate any person regardless of age. I was hurt terribly and unable to trust any longer being lead on and hurt by this woman after knowing her for 6 years, talking everyday on the phone and planning so much about future plans and all. Apparently she lied about everything like where she lives, her relations, everything.. Is this Illegal ? How can we put a stop to this? Is there a law protecting people from this abuse?

2. onlinegames7777 - October 7, 2009

I also think that internet is not that bad at all, actually we can use it as a very powerful tool that can help children learn, like exposing them to educational games that can enhance their skills in math or science or even sharpen their memory. All we need to do is to filter out the bad content. If you want KidSafe games attached to your website visit YourKidsClub.

3. Rosina - November 2, 2009

Where is the lfine law of of somewhat non agreed upon terms of sexual liasions between two adults.
As in what was agreed upon did not happen.

As in manipulation to intercourse and now get the hell out of my space.
You get home and feel victimized and lied to and physically overpowered having experienced no pleasure yourself and communicating that to the deaf ear who is shutting the door in your face. Is there any recourse here ? It is a fine line, not quite rape but not what you ever expected and genwerally th enman is larger than you and it becomes too late when the brain says I do not like this, this feels wrong. I am talking about adults overpowering another adult in the act. Where is the law ?

4. Facts - May 24, 2010

Did you know: 80% of all pictures on the Internet are of naked women. Mostly man use the Internet. While women seeking information on the Internet about work, family and so on. we all know what kind of informations men seeking on the Internet!

5. KO - March 21, 2011

@4 Thats a lie, seriously there is no Percentage off porn on the internet. You are also sexist against man.

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