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76 Police J. 3 (2003)
The Internet: A Discussion of Some New and Emerging Threats to Young People

handle is hein.journals/policejl76 and id is 5 raw text is: PAUL BOCIJ
IT Consultant
Forensic Psychologist, Psychology Department, Rampton
Hospital, Nottinghamshire and Psychology Department, HMP
The Internet poses a number of threats to the safety of young
people. Using numerous examples, this article discusses a wide
range of such threats, including: cyberstalking; the grooming'
of potential victims of sexual abuse; a new 'wish list' scene
(where teenagers encourage contact with potential abusers);
the creation and distribution of child pornography; and the
emergence of services that create child pornography to order. It
is suggested that the last has provided individuals with the
ability to inflict sexual abuse on young people from a distance,
an act the authors have termed virtual sex tourism. The final
section of the article suggests that paedophiles and pornogra-
phers have been quick to adopt new technology as a means of
concealing their activities. The article concludes by warning of
the danger of overestimating or underestimating the threats
Growth in the use of the Internet raises a number of issues for
those charged with the protection of young people. This article
sets out to describe some of the new threats that have begun to
emerge. As will be seen, these threats can be placed into two
broad groups.
The first group consists of behaviours that are already well
known but that are now being carried out on a larger scale than
ever before. The dissemination of child pornography is a good
example of such a crime.
The second group is made up of entirely new threats that are
made possible by new technology. Many of these new crimes
can be seen as a natural extension of an existing crime. A
massive surge in demand for child pornography, for example,

The Police Journal, Volume 76 (2003)

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