Bullying, child sexual abuse, sexual grooming, trafficking and other illegalities can, and do, thrive if left unchecked.
Of course, it isn’t the medium itself that presents possible danger, but the way it is used.
And in one encounter the abuser arranged to meet the person he thought was a child after just 18 minutes.
While this may have depended to an extent on the adult volunteer’s replies, Dr Izura said this was not significantly out of step with what happened in real encounters with children.
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You’ll also find the guide useful if your primary audience is not the under-18s, but you still attract them.
Her colleague at Swansea University, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, said one thing that was unexpected was how polite online groomers could be, using phrases like “would you mind” and “perhaps you might” in addition to at times being sexually explicit.
She said this meant that software designed to detect paedophiles’ online activities by looking for language rich with sexual terms might not be as effective as hoped.
it doesn’t seem that far off from what actually happens,” she said.
The researchers analysed more than quarter a million words in exchanges involving nearly 200 child abusers who were later convicted.
This practical guide has therefore been designed to help you ingrain online child safety into your web or mobile business.