Young people on sex and the internet

It is more than twice as common that young men have at some point offered to provide sex in exchange for some form of compensation than it is for young women to have done so. This can be seen from a survey we conducted in 2012 among young people aged between 16 and 25.
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Technology is not the cause

Young people are confronted by a great deal of sex-related content on the internet. Private images, comments and questions involving allusions to sex are common. It is not the technology itself that leads to young people selling sex. Instead the technology is used to establish contacts between sellers and buyers. Nor is there anything to suggest that young people who spend a lot of time online have offered to provide, or have themselves been offered, sex in exchange for some form of compensation to a greater extent than those who spend little time online.

Research, information and education

We work to prevent and combat young people being sexually exploited online. We have done so by conducting research in this field and by providing training for people who come into contact with young people in their everyday lives about the opportunities and risks associated with the internet. We have also produced teaching materials that are used in secondary schools, in further education and in conversations with young adults.

See me – young people on sex and the internet

In the research report entitled See me – young people on sex and the internet, we have studied the reality of young people’s experiences of sex and the internet. We have studied girls’ and boys’ attitudes towards and experiences of sexual exposure online and have examined young people’s experiences of selling sex in exchange for some form of compensation. Download the English summary, See me.