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‘Internet Crimes’ article by Ohio Northern University professors receives national acclaim


ADA — Two members of the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice at Ohio Northern University have been honored for their contribution to a highly-respected reference publication. Keith Durkin, professor of sociology, and Ron DeLong, lecturer in psychology and criminal justice, have contributed an article for the Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior that has been nominated for an Outstanding Reference Sources Award by the American Library Association.
This award recognizes and recommends the most outstanding reference publications of the year for small- and medium-sized libraries. The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee reviews each title nominated, and the results will be published in the May 2013 issue of American Libraries.
The Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior is intended to offer the first definitive and most comprehensive presentation of existing substantial knowledge concerning cyber behavior. It aims to synthesize the scientific knowledge of cyber behavior, examined in a wide variety of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics, education, communications, criminology, political science, information science, technology, medicine, law and business, into one single platform perfect for students, researchers, teachers, managers and policymakers alike.
The chapter written by Durkin and DeLong is titled “Internet Crimes Against Children.”  The two researched and wrote about Internet crimes against children, which have become a contemporary social problem drawing a great deal of attention from parents, educators, legislators and law enforcement officials. This phenomenon has captured national attention in the United States with a number of media reports of this phenomenon.
These crimes include child pornography offenses as well as adults soliciting minors for sexual purposes online. Drawing on data from recent national surveys, the characteristics of offenses, offenders and victims are examined. A multitude of issues related to the assessment and classification of the individuals who commit Internet crimes against children also are explored. Strategies for the prevention of this behavior and enforcement of laws protecting children online are discussed.
Topics covered in the Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior include cyber crimes, digital natives, e-learning, email and work performance, e-privacy, e-recruitment, e-shopping, e-therapy, online assessment, online knowledge sharing, security and social networking.
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