Keeping the Internet Safe for your Children

The following is a great website that will give you and your family tips and tricks for staying safe on the net. It also provides some great statistics about Internet Use and Internet Safety:

The website, which was produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center, documents the second groundbreaking national survey of 1,500 children and young adults ages 10 to 17, documenting their use of the Internet and the experiences they have had while online; including unwanted exposure to sexual solicitation, sexual material, and harassment.

Here is a brief rundown of what the website has to say: There have been two studies done to try and document the experiences of young internet users - the first study was done in 1999, commonly referred to as YISS-1 and the second study was done in 2006 referred to as YISS-2. The website compares the first and second studies noting the difference in trends between the two test groups.

According the second Study (YISS-2), there has been an increased number of young Internet users encountering unwanted exposure to sexual material and online harassment, but the study also noted that there has been a decrease in the number of unwanted sexual solicitations, as compared to the original 1999 study (YISS-1).

In 2006, the study also noted that more than one-third of youth Internet users (34%) saw sexual material online they did not want to see, as compared to one quarter (25%) of young internet users in 1999. In addition to these and other statistics, this website also includes recommendations to help make the Internet safer for children.

To learn more about internet safety and to find out what you can do to get involved please feel free to contact the Junior League.

The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about the Junior League of Summit, call the League office at 908-273-7349 or visit

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