Child Abuse on the Internet: Ending the Silence


The Internet has added a new 'virtual' variable to the problem of sexual abuse of children, particularly regarding pornography and paedophilia. This book is based on a UNESCO expert meeting in 1999 on this subject. Part one looks at the context of sexual abuse of children in the world today, and attempts to define what is understood in sociological, psychological and legal terms by child pornography and paedophilia. It then examines the phenomena of pornography and paedophilia on the Internet in detail. Part two considers the strategies that are being adopted to combat these problems, generally a combination of legal and regulatory approaches from governments, self-regulation by the Internet industry, and action by individuals, parents, civic groups and non-governmental organisations. Part three presents the declaration and plan of action adopted by the expert meeting. Annexes provide lists of websites of organisations that have made significant advances in protecting children online, discussion groups, and references.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Kimberly Svevo
  • Maureen Seneviratne
  • Alex Corpus Hermoso
  • Father Shay Cullen
  • Philista Onyango
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001


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