U.S.'s first national youth-online-risk study

Led by David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) at the University of New Hampshire, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, "Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation's Youth" was published in 2000. Ten years later, Dr. Finkelhor published his paper "The Internet, Youth Safety & the Problem of Juvenoia," in which he presented the federal data on more than a dozen social problem indicators – from child sexual exploitation to school violence to substance abuse – back to the Web's earliest days and showed how the numbers were down for all the social problems over that period except for obesity and children living under the poverty line. Child sexual abuse had declined 58% since 1990. The data doesn't suggest that the Web was a cause of these decreased numbers – only that the data clearly shows it has not increased children's risk of sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, etc. [See this post by Helpline founder Anne Collier for more on Professor Finkelhor's talk and the social problem indicators.]

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