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|A Study on the Correlation between Internet Use, Legal Cognition and Sexual Exploitation in Childhood -Cases from Social Work Freshmen, Taichung City
children;sexual exploitation;internet usage;attitude to fall into sexual exploitation
|2023-11-22 09:10:53 (UTC+8)
The Children and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Act came into effect in 2017, expanding the scope of protection and addressing important issues such as online safety. The amendment not only renamed the act from the "Children and Youth Sex Trade Prevention Act" but also included the production and dissemination of drawings, photographs, videos, electronic signals, or other materials depicting sexual acts or obscenity involving children or minors within the scope of protection (Article 2, Paragraph 1, Clause 3 of the Act). The objectives of this study are as follows: (1) to explore the demographic characteristics, family traits, awareness of child and youth sexual exploitation or Article 227-1 of the Criminal Code, and internet usage habits of the respondents; (2) to examine the associations between the demographic characteristics, family traits, awareness of child and youth sexual exploitation or Article 227-1 of the Criminal Code, and internet usage habits of the respondents and their propensity to fall into sexual exploitation; (3) to provide specific counseling recommendations and key directions for child and youth sexual exploitation services based on the findings of this study. The research methodology involves a survey using a questionnaire, with a sample selected through a census approach. Univariate and bivariate analyses were conducted, followed by regression analysis to examine the relationships between independent and dependent variables. The findings of the study indicate that biological sex has an influence on the respondents' propensity to fall into sexual exploitation, suggesting that female respondents are more alert to this propensity. Additionally, biological sex and family type enter the model, demonstrating that larger families provide stronger social support systems and reduce the respondents' propensity to fall into sexual exploitation. Apart from the impact of biological sex differences, respondents with partners also exhibit a higher propensity to fall into sexual exploitation. Moreover, larger families, due to higher support systems, can reduce the likelihood of falling into sexual exploitation, and having less internet usage can also decrease the incidence of sexual exploitation. The recommendations of this study are as follows: (1) It encourages caregivers to impose appropriate restrictions on children’s internet usage; (2) We suggest that caregivers establish more regulations for single child regarding internet usage; (3) Pay attention to the online friendships of individuals who have experienced leaving away from home and provide guidance accordingly; (4) Enhance self-protection and internet safety skills for those who have partners; (5) Strengthen education on sexual exploitation for males, individuals from smaller families, and frequent internet users are suggested.
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