ST. RITA CATHOLIC CHURCHMARCH 21, 2006 INTERNET SAFETY RULES ‘N TOOLS™ Preparedby Donna Rice Hughes (Presentation copyrighted)
Overview • Internet Dangers (vs. Benefits) • Children’s Access to Pornography • Cyber-Sex & Addiction • Pedophiles’ Access to Children • Preventative Solutions & Rules N’ Tools • Spiritual Solutions
SPIRITUAL BATTLE • Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers, forces of darkness & spiritual forces of wickedness.Take up the full armor of God to resist in the evil day and having done everything to STAND FIRM. (Ephesians 6:1-19)
Spiritual Battle • “The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus, John 10:10
PORNEIA(Symbolic of Idolatry, Word Study) • To commit any sexual sin • Root word for pornography, harlot, prostitute, fornicator, whoremonger • “Pornography” is the graphic depiction of sexual immorality • Idolatry - worship of body and body parts (Romans 1:21-2:1)
Internet Dangers (A tool used for good or evil) 1. Free and easy access to inappropriate and illegal content with unrestricted Net access: - Pornography (child porn, obscenity, harmful to minors) - Violence - Bomb-making - Hate speech 2. Predators have easy and anonymous access to unsuspecting kids
The “Adult” Internet Industry • $12 billion dollars in annual revenue – larger than the combined annual revenues of ABC, NBC, and CBS(Family Safe Media, Jan. 2006) • By the end of 2004, 420 million pages of pornography owned by less than 50 companies(Summit on Pornography, 5/19/05).
Deceptive Tactics • 74% of adult commercial sites display free teaser pornography images on homepage, often banner ads • 25% prevented users from exiting site (Mousetrapping) • Only 3% required adult verification (Child-proofing on the World wide Web: A Survey of Adult Webservers,2001, Jurimetrics. NRC Report 2002)
Unintentional Access • Misspelled Words • Innocent Searches (toys, boys, pets, etc.) • Stealth Sites- (whitehouse; watersports) • Brand Name Misuse (Disney, Nintendo, Barbie, Levis, etc.)
Youth and Internet Pornography • Adult industry says traffic is 20-30% children(NRC Report 2002) • More than 11 million teens regularly view porn online ( The Washington Post, July 1, 2004). • 87% of college students have virtual sex using IM, webcam, and telephone (Canadian poll, www.campuskiss.com, 2006)
Easy and Free Access • 9 in 10 kids ages 8-16 yrs have viewed pornography online, mostly unintentionally, and when using the Internet to do homework(UK:News Telegraph, NOP Research Group, 1/17/02) • In 26% of cases where youth accidentally stumbled into pornographic websites, the youth stated being exposed to another sex website when they were attempting to exit the initial website( “The Exposure of Youth to Unwanted Sexual Material on the Internet: A National Survey of Risk, Impact, and Prevention,” 2003).
Online Obscenity • Girls.com vs. Gurls.com • Watersports.com • Pornography depicting bodily functions • Live video
CYBER-SEX COMPULSIONS“CRACK COCAINE” • 71.9 million people visited adult sites in August 2005, reaching 42.7 % of the Internet audience (Media Metrix). • More than 32 million unique individuals visited a porn site in Sept. of 2003. Nearly 22.8 million of them were male (71 %), while 9.4 million adult site visitors were female (29 %)(Nielsen/Net Ratings, Sept 2003).
Demographics • 41% of women said they had deliberately viewed or downloaded pornographic pictures and movies(Pornified: 2005). • 51% of pastors say cyberporn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle(Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001).
Harms • * Affects attitudes, choices and behavior • * Demeans children, women, and men • * Counterfeit for love, intimacy, and commitment • * Drug of choice - anesthetizes pain
Harms to Youth(Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace, Donna Rice Hughes) • Interferes with a child’s development and identity • Shapes attitudes and values • Promotes desensitization • Images never erased • May incite children to act out sexually against other children
Harms (cont.) • Incidents of young children displaying sexually aggressive behavior has increased, exposure to online porn is a key factor (Australian study, 11/2003)
Stages of Addiction Dr. Victor Cline, University of Utah: • Addiction - The need to keep coming back for more (drug of choice) • Escalation - The need for more explicit, rougher and more deviant images for same effect • Desensitization - Material once shocking or taboo is acceptable • Acting out - Tendency to sexually act-out behaviors depicted in pornography (public safety issue)
Child Pornography • More than half of all illegal sites are hosted in the U.S. (National Criminal Intelligence Service, 8/21/03). • Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2003). • More than 20,000 images of child porn posted on the Internet every week (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03) • More babies and toddlers are appearing on the net, the abuse is getting worse (Combating Peadophile Information Networks, 3/03)
New Trend – Teens and Child Porn Use • Young people aged 15 to 20 were the single biggest demographic group, accounting for one-quarter of all child porn users tracked and caught by investigators. One-third of the 185 criminals gave their occupations as students, of which 60 percent were studying at tertiary level(New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs. Internet Traders of Child Pornography: Profiling Research, October 2005). (Based on a report involving 202 sexual offenders)
Child Porn and the Predator • 40% of arrested child pornography possessors had both sexually victimized children and were in possession of child pornography(NCMEC June 2005). • Of those arrested in the U.S. for the possession of child pornography between 2000 and 2001, 83% had images involving children between ages 6 and 12; 39% had images involving children between ages 3 and 5; and 19% had images of infants and toddlers under age 3(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children., 2005).
Predators Online • Pedophiles’ & Predators’ Anonymous Access to Youth • Easy Access to Child Pornography • Virtual Validation • Trade Secrets & Teaching Tools • Avoidance of Law Enforcement Detection
Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation’s Youth • 1 in 5 received sexual solicitation or approach in last year (Sample of 1,501 youth ages 10-17 who use Internet regularly) • 50,000 predators online at any given time. (Dateline, NBC, 2005)
Juvenile Perpetrators • Juveniles • 48% of overall solicitations • 48% of aggressive solicitations • Adult solicitors- • Most of the “adult” solicitors were ages 18-25 • 24% of solicitations • 34% of aggressive solicitations
TOOL OF TODAY’S PEDOPHILE (Chat, IM, Blogs) • 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either Chat rooms or Instant Messages(Pew Study reported in JAMA, 2001) • “30% of teenage girls polled by the Girl Scout Research Institute said they had been sexually harassed in a chatroom. Only 7%, however, told their mothers or fathers about the harassment because they were worried that their parents would ban them from going online”(Girl Scout Research Institute, 2002).
Youth Ignorance Factor • Children ages 7-17 who surf the net, if asked online: - 29% would freely give out home address - 14% would freely give email address (Telegraph.co.uk. 1/02). • 65% of all parents and 64% of all teens say that teens do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about(Pew Internet & American Life Project, 12/12/05).
Parent’s Ignorance Factor • “86% of the girls polled said they could chat online without their parents’ knowledge, 57% could read their parents’ e-mail, and 54% could conduct a cyber relationship”(Girl Scout Research Institute, 2002). • Teenagers use chat lingo to communicate when Instant Messaging and parents don’t know the meanings of some of the most commonly used phrases. 57% don’t know LOL (laughing out loud), 68% don’t know BRB (be right back), and 92% don’t know A/S/L (age/sex/location) (NCMEC, 12/14/05).
Using Internet Technology….. How hard is it for a predator to target a child?
Luring starts with target identification and selection I am intrigued by Amanda...
Most online or Internet service providers provide user directories to assist their members identify others with similar interests. In our nefarious but capable hands...
Using the locate command, I can follow Amanda wherever she goes in Cyberspace.
After 2 minutes we have determined that Amanda is: • most likely a female child • likes seashells, rollerblading and English class • has a little brother that most likely answers to Billy, Junior or J.R. and • her valid email address
Using Deja News or AltaVista we can check for more information by searching newsgroup postings Using the Power Search option we continue the inquiry
Using Amanda’s email address, I search for any of her newsgroup postings.
I now know how many messages Amanda has posted; when and where the messages were posted, and the text of each message.
Amanda is her first name She is a young girl who likes beanie babies, rollerblading, and English class Has a baby brother named Billy Jr. Has a Mom or sister named Sue A good idea when she’s at home She lives on the East Coast Her home telephone number Within 12 minutes I know:
There are many online services that allow for searches using as little as one variable. What can I find out about her from the telephone number?
I bet this Amanda’s last name... Good news. Most of these services will allow you to change or eliminate your personal data from the directories.
using her last name. I bet I can find out where she lives... With each additional piece of information, I can perform additional searches.
I’m not familiar with Laurel. Let’s see if I get some better location information.
Voila. I can even get closer. But how do I get there from Chicago?