The rapidly changing landscape of the Internet has created many different problem areas that we need to be aware of to help ensure the safety and well being of our children and their families. Review these statistics with the understanding that though the numbers may change, the facts will remain the same.
United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
- 1 in 7 child Internet users have received unwanted sexual solicitations and only 1 in 4 have told their parents
- 1 in 17 children reported being threatened or harassed while using the Internet
- Only 18% of even the worst online harassment such as threats of bodily harm or aggressive sexual solicitation is ever reported to authorities
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before they reach adulthood and less than 35% of these sexual assault cases are reported
- 1 in 33 children have received an aggressive solicitation to meet someone
- 1 in 4 children between the ages of 10 and 17 have been exposed to pornography
- 1 in 7 children have received unwanted solicitations
- The CyberTipline (8/05) has received approximately 12,000 reports of child exploitation within the past 6 months. The CyberTipline is a division of the NCMEC
- 80% of youths between the ages of 7 and 18 receive inappropriate e-mail daily
- 47% of children have received e-mails with links to pornographic websites (Market Research Report, June 9, 2003)
Pew Internet Project
- 60% of teens have received e-mail or instant messages from perfect strangers and 63% of those teens responded
- At any given time there are 3.4 million chat room users
- 87% of United States teens ages 12 to 17 currently use the Internet, representing about 21 million youths. Of those, approximately 11 million teens are online daily. “The size of the wired teen population surges at the seventh grade mark. While about 60% of sixth graders use the Internet, by seventh grade the number jumps to 82%. (Teens and Technology Report, July 27, 2005)
- 81% of parents and 79% of teens state that teenagers aren’t careful enough when giving out information about themselves online. 65% of parents and 64% of teens say that teenagers do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about. (Protecting Teens Online Report, March 17, 2005)
- Some 57% of parents worry that strangers will contact their children online. These worries are well grounded. Close to 60% of teens have received an instant message or email from a stranger and 50% report emailing or instant messaging with someone they have not met before. Despite this, teens themselves are not particularly worried about strangers online; 52% of online teens say they do not worry at all about being contacted online and only 23% express any notable level of concern. (Teenage Life Online Report, June 20, 2001)
Simon Wiesenthal Center
- The Internet has over 3000 hate sites
- There are over 100,000 sites that sell child pornography
- There are a growing number of sites that provide instructions on how to make destructive items, such as drugs and bombs.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (Historical Information)
- During 1995 the FBI received 113 reports of on-line enticement
- By 1997 the number tripled and continued to rise
- During 2002 the FBI opened an additional 2,360 new case files on Internet luring (cyber predators)
FBI crime priorities:
- #1 – Terrorism
- #2 – Innocent Images (Child Pornography)
- Child pornography is the digital molestation of a child.
Government Accounting Office (GAO)
- In 2004 the GAO studied Peer-2-Peer (P2P) Networks, such as Napster™ and Kaaza™, particularly Kaaza—with the following results:
- 4 million simultaneous downloads
Of the files chosen for the study:
- More than ¾ of files contain pornography
- 57% of that pornography being classified as child pornography or erotica
- In a search of innocent terms generally used by children and teens such as cartoon characters and celebrities, revealed that: 56% of these files were pornographic, categorized as adult pornography, child pornography, child erotica and cartoon pornography.
Montevideo Middle School
In late 2004, teachers at Montevideo Middle School in Virginia, surveyed 178 sixth grade students at their school. The resulting data was alarming: 1 in 4 had become friends with a stranger online and 1 in 10 had attempted to meet an online friend face to face. (Sixth Grade Computer Survey, December 9, 2004)
Girl Scout Research Institute 2002
- 30% of teenage girls polled said they had been sexually harassed in a chatroom. Only 7%, however, told their mothers or fathers about the harassment, as they were worried that their parents would ban them from going online.
- 86% of the girls polled said they could chat online without their parents’ knowledge, 57% could read their parents email, and 54% could conduct a cyber relationship.
Teen Research Unlimited
- 27% of teens said that they have known a friend to have actually meet someone whom they only knew online.
- Online teens admit that they frequently communicate with people they have never met: 54% have Instant Messenged a stranger, 50% have emailed a stranger, and 45% have participated in a chat room discussion with a stranger.
- 28% of teens said they use code words on a daily basis to hide their online conversations from their parents. (Topline Findings from Omnibuss Research Report, October 2005)
Recording Industry Association
12 – 18 year olds make up 41% of P2P file sharers
- More than 54 million websites in existence
- 12 billion dollar per year industry
- 12,000 movies made per year, just for the internet
Compiled by Infoquest Computer Service (2004) Updated 04/11