The research on online child sexual victimization has mainly focused on the sexual solicitation of minors i. In the present study, we analyzed the prevalence and risk factors associated with both sexual solicitations and interactions of minors with adults.
The sample included 2, minors between 12 and 15 years old The minors completed several self-report questionnaires about sexual solicitations and interactions with adults, including possible risk factors e. Of the participants, Among the variables studied, several appeared related to both sexual solicitations and interactions: older age, having been involved in sexting, being a victim of cyberbullying, having unknown people in friends list, using chat, time spent online on a weekday, and depression symptoms.
Gender being femaleusing video chat, and instant messaging by computer were ificant variables for sexual solicitation but not for sexual interaction; participation in online games was ificant only for sexual interactions. Finally, minors reporting sexual interactions presented a higher risk profile than those reporting only sexual solicitations.
These findings highlight the relevance of distinguishing between sexual solicitations and sexual interactions and suggest important avenues for prevention programs. Recommended articles lists articles that we recommend and is powered by our AI driven recommendation engine.
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