Characteristics of the Internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers

Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Petter (2011) Characteristics of the Internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers. Criminal Justice Studies, 24 (1) . pp. 23-36. ISSN 1478-601X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1478601X.2011.544188)


This paper presents a number of characteristics of the Internet that makes it attractive to online groomers. Relevant Internet characteristics include disconnected personal communication, mediating technology, universality, network externalities, distribution channel, time moderator, low‐cost standard, electronic double, electronic double manipulation, information asymmetry, infinite virtual capacity, independence in time and space, cyberspace, and dynamic social network. Potential sex offenders join virtual communities, where they meet other persons who have the same interest. A virtual community provides an online meeting place where people with similar interests can communicate and find useful information. Communication between members may be via email, bulletin boards, online chat, web‐based conferencing or other computer‐based media.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Internet, online grooming, child abuse, offender behaviour
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 13539
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Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 16:15
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2018 15:37

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