Online Predators Less Of A Problem; It's Your Kid's Friends To Watch Out For
from the so-what's-wrong-with-MySpace-again? dept
For all of the recent fear mongering over MySpace about "predators" going after kids, which has led to Congress pushing legislation to ban social networking sites (and plenty of other sites) in schools, you'd think they'd at least have a bit of evidence that these kinds of sites really are a problem. Turns out that's difficult, since it's not actually true. A new study shows that fewer youngsters are being solicited by predators online and those that are know enough to completely ignore or brush off the approaches. In other words, educating kids how to deal with online predators, and to recognize that you can't trust everyone online seems to be pretty damn effective so far. One other interesting (if not surprising) finding from the study: kids are much more likely to receive online porn from their peers, rather than some random predator. In other words, just as has happened for ages, kids get their hands on some porn and pass it on to friends. So why are so many folks trying to shut down these social networks again?