Module Learning Objectives:
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Understand cyber security and on-line sexual predation in reference to Facebook, Twitter, Google maps, etc.
- Identify types of sexual offenders on line, and not on line
- Understand the prevalence, incidence, and demographics of on-line sexual predators and their victims.
- Define pedophiles as opposed to the legal and psychiatric definitions.
- Identify targets: develop a profile of victims of cyber predation; those at risk of victimization and re-victimization
- Identify suspicious computer sites, applications visited by children, adolescents, and young people
- Understand the myth of the classic online sexual predator (old dirty “weirdos!”) as opposed to other adolescents and seemingly normative persons
- Examine case studies of potential online sexual predators
- Examine interactional and contextual factors of on line sexual predation
- Develop profiles of sexual online predators
- Develop guardian capabilities, that is, police, parents, school officials, and young people, and computer algorithms y that will be able to harden targets and enhance situational prevention.
- Understand triggers and escalation in the victimization, “spin” cycle.