n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - An evaluation of existing measures aimed at restricting the use of the Internet as an avenue to initiate sexual activities with adolescents




The focus of this article will be on existing preventative measures that aim to restrict unacceptable activities of sexual offenders on the Internet. An Information Technology theory, namely the gratification approach of Blumler and Katz will be employed explaining why some paedophiles will make use of the Internet to stalk potential child victims. Since many parents and caregivers are unaware of existing aids to help them to prevent sexual predators to communicate with children via the Internet, an exposition of existing filtering and blocking software is highlighted in this contribution. An overview of current legislation pertaining to Internet paedophilia as well as an outline of the importance of parental awareness with regards to this phenomenon will be put forward. Before engaging into the above mentioned aspects, the concepts that are central to this article are defined.


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