Is my child in danger?
Children especially teenagers, are sometimes interested in and curious about sexuality and sexually explicit material.
Most likely no.
But please read the following anyway
But please read the following anyway
They may be moving away from the total control of parents and seeking to establish new relationships outside their family.
Because they may be curious, children/teenagers sometimes use their on-line access to actively seek out such materials and individuals.
Sex offenders targeting children will use and exploit these characteristics and needs.
Teenagers may also be attracted to and lured by on-line offenders closer to their age who, although not technically child molesters, may be dangerous.
Nevertheless, they have been seduced and manipulated by a clever offender and do not fully understand or recognize the potential danger of these contacts.
What Are Signs That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line?
Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night, and usually close or hide the page they looking at when you come into the room.
Most children that fall victim to computer-sex offenders spend large amounts of time on-line, particularly in chat rooms and on programs like Msn Messenger, now known as Windows Live Messenger,but also popular are Yahoo messenger, Aol chat software, Skype, KIK messenger and many others.
Children on-line are at the risk anytime of day or night.
Please do not assume just because adults work your child will only be in danger in the evenings and weekends.
If your child talks to or communicates with anyone you do not know personally find out who they are.
This is also important.
Please do not assume that there is danger everywhere, and that anyone older than your child is a predator, most people online even those who chat to people younger than them are doing so totally innocently
but it is possible so just be aware, learn the danger signs, and the most important thing to do is speak to your child, even if they are an older teenager.
If they have nothing to hide they won't mind showing you who they talk to and communicate with.
Please do not assume sex offenders are only male, this is just not true.
Predators are NOT only adult males, there are female sex offenders looking to communicate with children
Another thing to watch out for is older teenage males. They may only be a year or two older than your child but be aware they are the most likely to try and involve your child in something sexual, online or offline.
They often try and talk younger teenagers into going out with them,chatting sexually online and eventually meeting up and committing offences.
They do not see this as a crime, they assume because they are’nt much older than your child they are not committing an offence.
It is against the law to have any kind of sexual contact with anyone under 16 and sexual contact extends to sexual chats online. Your child needs to be told about this.
Another thing to remind your child of, is that sexual intercourse with anyone under 13 yrs old is rape in the eyes of the law, even if they consent to it and are willing.
These are things that probably terrify a lot of people reading this, and the suggestion you chat to your child about it terrifies you even more.
However it is imperative that you do so.
How would you feel if you discovered that that your 13/14/15 yr old daughter has had sex without your knowledge?
It is not unknown for people as young as 11 to indulge in sexual activities including sexual intercourse.
it happens and is a lot more widespread than most poeople realise or acknowledge.
Please do not try and hide the fact by not talking about it,
How would you feel if it was your child (male or female) that ended up arrested and charged maybe ending up in prison and definitely going oin the sex offenders register just for having sex with someone under 16? (maybe their girlfriend) just because you hadn't told them the facts about the law?
How would you feel if they got charged with rape because the other person was under 13? again it happens.
Most parents assume its only adults they have to warn their children about, this is a mistake, they must be warned about the dangers of sex, of meeting anyone you don't know, and most importantly the law.
For instance - did you know that it's now illegal to have any kind of picture either real or fake such as a cartoon if it depicts a child in a provocative pose?
This comes under the Sexual offences act 2003 and Section 45 of this act extended the definition of ”child“, for porn purposes, to anyone aged 16 or 17.
For the first time, it became illegal to possess images of perfectly legal sexual activity.
put in simple words it's illegal to have any indecent pictures of anyone under 18 real or drawings and illegal extends to children doing sexual "poses" even with clothes like swimwear on.
Japanese Manga is extremely popular with younger children, especially but not limited to thoe who practice or admire "Goths"
These are basically Japanese cartoons, however they are often drawn as younger people of indetermined age, but you would assume they are children, often they are in a sexual pose. This is now unlawful if it is determined the picture is meant to depict a person under 18 yrs of ageand anyone found with pictures like this on their computer phone or in print now risks arrest, a large fine and possibly prison.
The offences come under the Criminal Justice Act 2008 which makes it illegal to look at images of ”extreme porn“ the definition being open to interpretation and basically it depends on the view o fthe officer who sees the picture as to wether or not they will class it as illegal or not. The issue of whether the action is real or not is immaterial.