It's hard to miss those Bay Area billboards claiming that 1 in 5 children has been sexually solicited online, although only a tiny fraction of those involve aggressive solicitations from someone believed to be over age 25.
For those that have never been online, or, those that are relatively new to the online experience; this book provides a great overview.
Typing away on their computer keyboards, sending and receiving messages on their screens, they are in a place beyond meditation.
Untethered from the usual social restraints, Internet chat-room devotees of all genders, ages, races and sexual proclivities or hang-ups give free rein to their disinhibited ids, getting in touch with their inner deviants.
In addition, most law enforcement agencies have not had the training to recognize the serious nature of cyberstalking, or on how to investigate these offenses.
Unfortunately, some yet-to-be-enlightened officers have recommended to victims that they either turn off their computers, or that they call law enforcement again if the cyberstalkers confront or threaten them offline, in person. One of the most common forms of harassment is unsolicited hate mail, or obscene or threatening e-mail.
It is very difficult to write any book; and certainly this subject matter is resistant to typical definitions in the absence of all the affect of real life inducements that typify reactive behaviors.
The authors 'flirt' around with psychodynamic concepts, but fail to broach the subject deeply; probably by choice.
more The Internet once was seen as a golden "information superhighway" transporting the next generation to the Promised Land.
Now it may feel more like a minefield -- seductive on the surface, but seeded with subterranean hazards.
Few families have escaped the warning sirens about sexual predators stalking children via the computer.
As one participant explained: "You have to keep a person interested.
Otherwise they move on." Out of this often-kinky culture arose the celebrated cybersex trial, New York's first Internet-related sexual assault case.