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Internet Child Sexual Abuse in N.B.

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Child exploitation and the viewing, sharing and production of child sexual abuse images happens here in New Brunswick.

How can I protect my child online?

Potential predators often target children online. Parents have a responsibility to monitor the websites their child is visiting and the contacts they are making. Here are some tips for parents to help keep children safe online:

  • Talk to your child about online dangers and the risks of sharing personal information.
  • Create family rules for Internet use and have your child sign a downloadable online safety pledge.
  • Set limits at a young age on how much time your child spends online.
  • Set browser security settings and ask your Internet service provider what parental control software it offers.
  • Ensure your home computer is set up in an open, family area, where you can monitor online activity.
  • Remember, online safety doesn't only apply to computers. Children access the Internet through a variety of devices, including smart phones and electronic gaming devices.

Quick Facts

How does that compare nationally?

In 2009, there were about 2,600 sex offences against children reported in Canada, including sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and luring.

There were nearly 1,600 incidents of child pornography reported to police, an increase of 13% from 2008.

There were 426 people charged in relation to those incidents.

There were 411 cases of child luring.

(Statistics Canada, Incident-based Crime Statistics, by detailed violations - Canada and Provinces, 2009)

Does child sexual abuse happen in New Brunswick?

There were 71 incidents of child sexual abuse images reported to RCMP in New Brunswick in 2010.

Of those 71 reported cases, 44 were actual cases, meaning the victim(s) were able to be identified. It does not mean that the remaining reported cases had no merit or were unfounded. All reported cases of child sexual abuse images are fully investigated.

What is considered child sexual abuse?

Of the 44 actual cases reported to the RCMP in 2010:

  • 15 were for child luring
  • 13 were for possession of child sexual abuse images
  • 4 were for accessing child sexual abuse images
  • 12 were for production of child sexual abuse images

U.S. research on possessors of child sexual abuse images suggests 55% of the offenders were 'dual offenders'. For example, in addition to child pornography related offences, offenders were charged with contact sexual offences against children or had solicited an undercover officer with the intent to meet a child offline for sexual purposes. (Wolak et al. 2005).

More specifically, 40% of the offenders had committed a contact sexual offence against a child and 15% had a committed a child luring crime.

Child sexual abuse offenders often target youth online.

More than 90% of youth older than 10 are online, making them potential victims.

21% of children report having met someone in person that they met first online (Erin Research 2005)

In homes without rules about Internet use, 74% of children report that an adult is never present when they use the Internet (Erin Research 2005)

Parents list abduction and sexual exploitation as two of the top three concerns facing Canadian children (Ipsos Reid 2006)

Most Canadian parents are using outdated and ineffective information to teach their children about personal safety. (Ipsos Reid 2006)

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