General Article Internet Watch Foundation sexual abuse survey

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More people in Britain are concerned about websites showing the sexual abuse of children than other types of illegal, illicit or ‘harmful’ Internet content. However, more than half of people in Britain currently say that they either wouldn’t know how to report it if they were to encounter it (40%) or would just ignore it (12%).
The ComRes poll conducted among a representative sample of 2,058 British adults for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows the vast majority of people in Britain think that child sexual abuse content (‘child pornography’) (91%) and computer-generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse (85%) should be removed from the Internet.

  • 83% of people overall say they are ‘concerned’ about child pornography with 74% saying they are ‘very concerned’.

Followed by:

  • 77% are concerned about computer-generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse.
  • 73% are concerned about terrorist websites.
  • 68% are concerned about very extreme/violent pornography.
  • 62%...

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