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J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2017 Mar;30(2):416-418. doi: 10.1111/jar.12250. Epub 2016 Feb 23.

Internet Safety Issues for Adolescents and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.

Buijs PCM1, Boot E1,2,3,4, Shugar A5, Fung WLA1,2,3,6, Bassett AS1,2,3,4,6,7,8.

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1
The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2
Department of Psychiatry and Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.
3
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
4
Clinical Genetics Research Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.
5
Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.
6
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
7
Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.
8
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Research on Internet safety for adolescents has identified several important issues including unwanted exposure to sexual material and sexual solicitation.

METHODS:

Although individuals with intellectual disabilities often have poor insight and judgment, and may therefore be at risk for Internet dangers, there is surprisingly little published on this topic.

RESULTS:

To illustrate Internet dangers that adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities may face, we report composite case vignettes, based on actual clinical cases of adolescents and adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

CONCLUSION:

We encourage clinicians to discuss Internet safety in their practice and provide recommendations for future research subjects.

KEYWORDS:

22q11.2 deletion syndrome; Internet safety; adolescents; adults; intellectual disabilities; social media

PMID:
26914835
DOI:
10.1111/jar.12250

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