With over 45 million children ages 10 through 17 use the Internet. Among them:
One in five has been sexually solicited
One in four has encountered unwanted pornography
Close to 60% of teens have received an e-mail or instant message from a stranger and half have communicated back
Over 75% of Internet crimes involving sexual solicitations of children and exposure to unwanted pornography is not reported to police or parents
Some 71% of parents stop supervising Internet use by their children after the age of 14, yet 72% of all Internet-related missing children cases involve children who are 15 years of age or older
That is why our next speaker is Senator Dave Cortese who was elected in November of 2020 to represent State Senate District 15 which encompasses much of Santa Clara County in the heart of Silicon Valley. Along with his accomplished career as an attorney and business owner, the Senator previously served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for over a decade, with four years as Board President, on the San Jose City Council for eight years, including two years as Vice Mayor, and as a trustee for the East Side Union High School District for eight years. Read more.
Senator Dave Cortese has introduced SB 435, the “Ending Online Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation Act”, a bill to tackle online sexual exploitation and trafficking, giving victims, including children, more civil causes of action against the distribution of naked or sexual photographs and video which will be the topic of our discussion. Learn more about this important bill.
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