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 Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a report showing that there are some significant factors which increase the likelihood of online sexual abuse of girls. The researchers suggest that 'girls are more likely to experience online sexual advances or have offline encounters if they have previously been abused or have a provocative avatar'.

Sites such as Facebook and MySpace allow individuals to describe themselves as well as post photographs and the type of photographs and accompanying texts give individuals their online identity and directly affects online behaviour and interaction.

The authors suggest that....."self-presentations can change the way Internet users interact in a manner that increases the risk for online sexual advances.."

(Source: CNN)

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