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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is Advancing Policy Solutions to Solve Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Digital Age

According to recent data, by age eight 19% of 8-year-olds have their own smartphone; by 12 more than two-thirds (69%) do.[i] Sixty-three percent of 16- to 18-year-olds report that they use social media every day.[ii]

Caring parents would never take their children to an XXX store, yet many social media platforms and apps expose children to shockingly explicit sexual content which is tantamount to child abuse. And no parent would leave their child alone in a mall where strangers regularly approach children and attempt to groom them for sexual abuse or sex trafficking, yet this is the online environment adolescents enter nearly every day.

This kind of sexually exploitive content is the “wallpaper” of children’s lives, potentially damaging their intellectual development, warping their sexual templates, normalizing them to sexual objectification, and even making them vulnerable to prostitution, sex trafficking, and child sexual abuse.

This demonstrates a key point. In the digital age, child safety and wellbeing are often an afterthought behind the goals of technological advancement and profits. Corporate and governmental policies regarding social media platforms, apps and Internet-connected devices like phones and tables are systematically slow to recognize their impact on predatory access and grooming of children for sexual abuse, childhood pornography exposure, sex trafficking and traffic in child sexual abuse images and videos. To address these pressing concerns, NCOSE has developed an aggressive response to online threats to child safety.

[i] Common Sense Media, “The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teen” (2019), accessed from commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/2019-census-8-to-18-key-findings-updated.pdf (November 21, 2019).
[ii] Ibid.

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Promoting Pornography-free Schools: The Role of the US Dept. of Education

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Dignity Defense Alert: Leadership of Protect Young Eyes Helps Parents and Children

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is proud to honor Protect Young Eyes with our August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert for their leadership in protecting children online, and especially for their initiative in shepherding the EARN IT Act through the legislative process. We applaud Protect Young Eyes for their instrumental role initiating this groundbreaking legislation…

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation's August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert: Protect Young Eyes

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation Supports “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act”

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Help Us Pass the EARN IT Act in the U.S. Senate

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On Wayfair and the Problem with Sex Trafficking Conspiracy Theories

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