Technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) is when children and young people use the internet or other technology to engage in sexual activity that may be harmful to themselves and others. TA-HSB covers a range of behaviour including the developmentally inappropriate use of pornography, online sexual abuse, grooming, sexting.
Little is known about the full range of TA-HSB displayed by children and young people. So we carried out research to explore:
This is the biggest and most comprehensive study of TA-HSB in the UK to date. It is part of our Impact and evidence series.
Authors: Vicki Hollis and Emma Belton
We analysed data from our Turn the Page service, which supports children and young people aged 5-18 who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). We looked at the prevalence of technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) across the service between January and October 2015 (275 cases). We also did an in-depth analysis of case file data from a sample of 91 boys and young men.
Please cite as: Hollis, V. and Belton, E. (2017) Children and young people who engage in technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour: a study of their behaviours, backgrounds and characteristics. London: NSPCC.
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