Children Sexual Abuse: Internet and the Health Visitor’s Role

Abstract: The problem of children's sexual abuse is very difficult to be defined not only due to its complexity and polymorphism but also the encountered upbringing differences of each country as well. It can be comprised by violent attacks, maltreatment by parents up to child’s exploitation and participation in sex. Nowadays, the children’s abuse has been reshaped, due to internet use that contributes to pornography distribution and easy access to it by pedophile, in an anonymous way, easily and with low cost. A survey showed that 14% of children aged 9-16, in the last 12 months, have seen sexual images of which some were annoyed and upset, but few of them spoke directly to someone. In a similar survey conducted in Greece, 9 out of 10 children exposed to pornography while surfing in the internet, while parents were unaware of this experience. Health visitor’s role is mainly focused in the prevention and confrontation of children’s sexual abuse and pedophilia through the Internet. This can be achieved with involved people enlightenment, in order to prevent the above phenomenon successfully. Our aim is to investigate children’s sexual abuse, mainly via the new data posed by the internet role in children’s abuse, and to presented the Health Visitor’s role in the prevention and confrontation of the phenomenon.

Category: Volume 55, N 4
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Created Date: 15-12-2016
Authors: Olga Diamantopoulou , Charalambos Keisoglou