HR 597

House Resolution
2A resolution encouraging the education of parents and
3children regarding the dangers of sexual solicitation and
4the abuse of youth.
6     WHEREAS, nationwide, one in three girls and one in six boys
7experience some form of sexual abuse before age 18, and
8     WHEREAS, sexual assaults comprise 67 percent of the crimes
9against juvenile victims, and
10     WHEREAS, by the end of 1998, more than 40 percent of all
11American homes had computers and 25 percent had Internet access,
12and children and teenagers constitute one of the fastest-growing
13groups of Internet users, with an estimated 77 million children
14having online access in 2005, and
15     WHEREAS, educating parents and children concerning the
16risks that are associated with the Internet is of paramount
17importance to the safety of children, and
18     WHEREAS, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children
19reports that only one-third of the households having Internet
20access are proactively protecting their children by using
21filtering or blocking software, and
22     WHEREAS, 75 percent of children are willing to share
23personal information online about themselves and their family in
24exchange for goods and services, and
25     WHEREAS, the website of the Department of Law Enforcement
26reports that only about 25 percent of the youth who have
27encountered a sexual approach or solicitation while using the
28Internet told a parent, and
29     WHEREAS, the Crimes Against Children Research Center
30reports that one in five teenagers in the United States
31regularly logging on to the Internet reports that he or she has
32received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Internet, and
33     WHEREAS, research indicates that 69 percent of parents and
3476 percent of youth do not know where or how to report incidents
35of sexual solicitation on the Internet, NOW, THEREFORE,
37Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of
40     That the House of Representatives encourages parents and
41children to learn about the incidence of sexual abuse and the
42risks associated with online communication and urges parents to
43learn how to protect their children while they are online and
44how and where to report cases of sexual solicitation and
45exploitation which occur over the Internet.

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