Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How to protect children from Internet predators: A phenomenological study
by Alexander, Rodney T., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2012, 209; 3537797
Abstract (Summary)

Teenage Internet users are the fastest growing segment in the Internet user population. These teenagers are at risk of sexual assault from Internet predators. This phenomenological study explored teacher and counselors’ perceptions of how to prevent this sexual assault. Twenty-five teacher and counselor participants were interviewed. A modified van Kaam method was used to analyze the data and develop themes. Participants stated that mainly the lack of parental support and social networking website were the circumstances leading to teenage Internet sexual assault, while teen needs and gratification usually played a role in teen encounters with predators on the Internet. There were 13 emergent themes in this phenomenological study and those themes were; lack of parental support, anonymity on the Internet, teenage loneliness, social networking websites and chat rooms, teenage personality (introversive and extroversive), teenage rebellion, teenage need for relationships, instant gratification among teenagers, teenage low self-esteem, improved parental support, improved education, improved law enforcement and additional circumstances leading to the teenage Internet sexual assault phenomenon.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Karen
Commitee: Akintunde, Olufemi, Xu, Jiefeng
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Social studies education, Criminology, Web Studies
Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Education, Internet predators, Internet relationships, Parenting, Social networking
Publication Number: 3537797
ISBN: 978-1-267-99069-3
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