Research has shown that simply posting or sending some personal information online does not put youth at risk3.
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Here are suggestions of how to make Internet safety education materials more consistent with current research.
This most commonly used statistic from the widely cited Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS) counts, “unwanted sexual solicitations,” but many such experiences are probably not encounters with true Internet sex offenders.
These are the online encounters most likely to lead to an offline sex crime.
In the vast majority of Internet sex crimes against young people, offenders did not actually deceive youth about the fact that they were adults who had sexual intentions.