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Most Internet Sex Offenders Target Teens, Not Kids
Date:2/22/2008

d to the Web, because that's where people are. However, statistics don't suggest there's a big explosion of it and, in fact, suggest sex crimes against children are going down," Finkelhor explained.

"The bottom line is that most teens are doing a good and responsible job of being on the Internet. But teens think they are immortal, and it is important for parents to keep the lines of communication open and for youngsters to realize predators are out there," said Allen.

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For more on protecting children and teens from sexual exploitation, visit The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.



SOURCES: David Finkelhor, Ph.D., director, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.; Ernie Allen, president and chief executive officer, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Washington, D.C.; February/March 2008, American Psychologist


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