Protecting Children Online
Facts You Should Know EN ESPAÑOL
The Internet is a wonderful vehicle for learning. Unfortunately, it is also a powerful tool for predators who prey upon innocent children. Did you know....?
- Internet crime is the fastest growing crime in the U.S., and children are the fastest growing victim pool.
- In the U. S., 95% of schools are now connected to the Internet.
- Over 45 million children ages 10 through 17 use the Internet. Among them:
- One in five has been sexually solicited.
- One in four has encountered unwanted pornography.
- Close to 60% of teens have received an e-mail or instant message from a stranger and half have communicated back.
- Over 75% of Internet crimes involving sexual solicitations of children and exposure to unwanted pornography is not reported to police or parents.
Most children know more about the Internet than adults do. As a result, many parents do not supervise their children's Internet use. Here are some surprising statistics:
- An estimated 20% of parent do not supervise their children's Internet use at all.
- Only 52% of parents moderately supervise their children's Internet use.
- Some 71% of parents stop supervising Internet use by their children after the age of 14, yet 72% of all Internet-related missing children cases involve children who are 15 years of age or older.
- Close to 62% of teens say their parents know little or nothing about the websites they visit.