This report focuses on the evolving problem of predators (paedophiles),
who are using the anonymous nature of the Internet to entice children into
a sexual encounter.
The report draws on past studies, which looked at the on-line sexual
exploitation of children and the behaviour of adolescents on-line.
The aim of the research was to identify if children in Teesside were
victims of on-line sexual exploitation.
The research took place over a one-year period, between August 2001
to August 2002, with discussions taking place with families and young people
The findings clarified that the on-line sexual exploitation of children
in Teesside was taking place.
This causes concern and should be used as wake up call for anyone who
has a responsibility for the protection and welfare of children.