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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Internet predator threats

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM

One child harmed is too many, OK? Let's make that clear. But I've always had the suspicion that the panic over Internet predators was overhyped. Can cops getting their jollies by working overtime posing as jailbait lure sociopaths into traps? Sure they can. But how big is the problem?

Check this out:

A high-profile task force created by 49 state attorneys general to find a solution to the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded that there really is not a significant problem, despite years of parental anxieties and media hype.

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was charged with examining the extent of the threats children face on social networks like MySpace and Facebook, amid widespread fears that older adults were using these popular sites to deceive and prey on children.

But the report compared such fears to a “moral panic” and concluded that the problem of child-on-child bullying, both online and offline, poses a far more serious challenge than the sexual solicitation of minors by adults.

 


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