chapter  5
Collaborative efforts to protect children from online child sexual abuse
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The sexual abuse of children online is not a technological problem but a people’s problem. Those who endanger children are people and not computers. As argued by Jones (2003), ‘the most important issue surrounding “Child abuse and the Internet” is child protection’ (Jones 2003: 41). Thus, law enforcement agencies will ultimately aim for solutions that involve the use of traditional policing methods in addition to computer technologies. However, the relationship between the police and technology is long-standing and complex:

‘on the one hand, the police were created to deal with the social disorder caused by technologies of the industrial revolution. On the other hand their responsive and localised nature always meant that they feel behind in their access to, and use of, technology’ (Wall 2007: 190).