Children have been accessing the online world earlier and earlier in their lives because of the huge impact the internet has on society. This is a huge problem because of the fact that a lot of pedophiles use the internet to lure children and distribute child pornography. It has turned into such a problem that in 2002 the Canadian Criminal code was amended making it illegal to use the internet to communicate with a child for the purpose of committing a sexual offence. With access to social networking, chat rooms, emails, and adult websites there is more potential for a child to be solicited by an adult for sexual purposes.
In 2006-2007 there were 464 incidents of child luring over the internet were reported in Canada. This means that there are 3 incidents per 100,000 children under the age of 18 that are reported to the police per year, keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. According to data on Stats Canada there was a rise in police-reported child luring incidents between 2003-2007, as well the majority of people committing these crimes are males between 18-34 years old.
When there are cases of child luring they often go along with other charges. From 2003-2007 83% of child luring offences involved other charges which were sexual in nature. They mostly included invitation to sexual touching, or child pornography charges.
So, what do you think about how can we prevent children getting victimized by pedophiles on the internet?
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