The popularity of the internet has grown and continues to grow among young people today as the internet can be used for a number of different resources ranging from talking with friends online to researching papers for school. A recent study found that 2 out of 3 preschoolers have already used a computer in their lives and have been on the internet. Although the internet may open new doors to many children, it may also expose them to unwanted sexual material and solicitation. Nearly 1 in 7 children ranging in age from 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation while online, and an even higher number have received unwanted sexual material while on the internet. It is important to know your rights and what is legal and illegal while on the internet.
It is against the law for any adult to send sexually explicit or obscene material to a minor while on the internet. It is also against the law for an adult to try and seduce a minor or arrange a meeting while online. Even if the adult does not show up to the arranged meeting, they can still be convicted of a misdemeanor and serve up to a year in prison. If the meeting does take place, an adult can serve up to four years in jail for online enticement.
The best way to prevent your children from being exposed to the dangers online is to monitor their activity while on the internet and make sure that they are visiting only safe, protected websites that you know about and have visited.
If you have any questions about laws regarding the internet or think we might be able to help you, please call Wallin & Klarich at 888-280-6839.