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Understanding Online Child Sexual Abuse and How to Talk to Children About it

Journal article
Authors Malin Joleby
Carolina Lunde
Linda S. Jonsson
Published in In-Mind Magazine
Volume 9
Issue 38
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Online child sexual abuse Guidelines
Subject categories Applied Psychology


Most of today’s youth use the internet almost daily, making it an integral part of their lives. The qualities that make the internet so appealing can also make it dangerous, especially for children. During the last years, there has been a steady increase in police reports concerning online child sexual abuse. Additionally, recent research indicates that the psychological consequences for children who are sexually abused online are severe. Although most children are never victimized, it is important for adults to know how to help children be safe and to create a safer online environment. Thus, this article aims to help provide information on some of the psychological processes that may be involved in online child sexual abuse, and provide some age-appropriate guidelines on how to talk to children about the internet.

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