Internet Sexual Solicitation

It's a good idea to talk with your children. Many children who go online are the targets of unwanted Internet sexual solicitation.

Dr. Greene’s take on Internet sexual solicitation…

Talk with your children. Many children who use the Internet are the targets of unwanted sexual advances. According to a study published in the June 20, 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, within that last year, 19% of the more than 1500 children surveyed had been solicited over the Internet for sex.

The children surveyed ranged from 10 to 17 years of age.

The Internet is a wonderful tool for communication, but as parents we need to warn our children of the dangers of communicating with strangers — online as well as off. Counsel them never to provide information that a stranger could use to track them down. Stay in touch with your children about their experiences as they grow up as part of an Internet generation.

Published on: June 26, 2001
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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