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September 12, 2001

Sexual Solicitation of Youth on the Internet

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(10):1176-1177. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1173

To the Editor: Dr Mitchell and colleagues1 reported demographic and behavior characteristics associated with the risk of online sexual solicitation of youth. I would be interested in more information about the parents and caregivers of those youth, as well as other adults who must help to ensure the safety of children when they are online.

This study failed to report salient factors relating to parents and caregivers. Did the children who experienced unwanted sexual solicitation live in homes with stricter parental rules than those who did not? Were children whose parents were more involved more likely to access the Internet outside the home? Research limited to risk factors for youth may not provide the whole picture because parents' relationships with their children are related to adolescents' risk behaviors.2

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