Turns Out Social Networks Aren't Breeding Grounds For Sexual Predators

from the won't-stop-politician-grandstanding dept

Over the past few years there has been a huge number of grandstanding politicians claiming that social networks like Facebook and MySpace were breeding grounds for online predators, who were trying to entice children. They've been pushing for new laws, basically so they can get into the papers along with some quip about how they are out there protecting "the children." Of course, it turns out that the entire premise is faulty. A few years back we pointed to a study that showed the problem was entirely exaggerated. Very few kids were approached by predators and most who were could easily brush it off, so long as they had been educated about the risks. Now there's a new study out going even deeper in noting that sexual predators are unlikely to pretend to be teenagers using social networks, but rather are very upfront about who they are and what they want. In most cases, the victims knew that they were chatting with an older person, and believed that they were in a legitimate relationship, rather than being tricked. Once again, this suggests that all the hype and new laws being proposed to deal with the "problem" of predators on social networks are misplaced. The focus should be on basic education. Teach kids to have some "internet smarts" and they're probably going to be just fine.

Filed Under: predators, social networks


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Annonymous Predator, 19 Feb 2008 @ 9:20am

    My two cents... (LONG VERSION)

    Kids know more than any adult about a little thing called MANIPULATION! They use it from the time they're BORN!!! "IF I CRY ENOUGH, I KNOW SHE'LL GET IT FOR ME" - That was a direct quoute from 20/20 report sometime - BEFORE NANNY 911! This kid didn't even say - MOMMIE or DADDY would get it for me! SHE!

    That said... ADULTS are the ones that have to PROTECT themselves! These little creatures or as some call them, "Blessings from God" LIE ABOUT THEIR AGE! While a sex offender is BANNED from going on ANY social group! Guess what - for the people out there who think that's good... From the moment you start chatting with someone online - and she declares that she is 20 years old - and it turns out that she is ACTUALLY 13 - YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A PREDATOR !!! As PER, THE LETTER OF THE LAW!!! Why? Because - IT HAPPENED ONLINE... AND SOMEHOW - YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT IT WAS A "HELPLESS" CHILD - THAT YOU ARE TALKING TO!!!

    This hits me on a personal level... I am a victim of someone who was lied to - and labeled... All because some helpless WHORE wanted to get laid! In my case - I actually talked to the girl's MOTHER! I told her - I was tired because I had DRIVEN from NYS, where I worked, SECURITY - to (Almost) PITTSBURGH! The mom said, I know my girl will be ok with you - and I hope that sometime we can meet... To which I agreed!
    I didn't know this women from ANYWHERE - this was the FIRST and ONLY conversation I ever had with her... As it turned out - "HELPLESS" "INNOCENT" GIRL - had - MANIPULATED her mom into believing that I WAS SOMEONE ELSE - BY THE SAME NAME!!!

    I GOT THROWN IN JAIL(1 YEAR) - I AM LABELED FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! I'm stuck within the confines of the 5 boroughs - NOT TO LEAVE until Probation is over (5 years) - I have to attend classes for "Sexual Predators" - I have to meet with Probation EVERY WEEK! I CANT KEEP A JOB - BECAUSE - IT IS THERE - IF I DO GET A JOB - I HAVE TO BE EXCUSED TWICE A WEEK - EVERY WEEK! WHICH USUALLY - GETS ME FIRED!

    AND FOR WHAT??? A story that we have ALL HEARD - TIME AND TIME AGAIN!!! GIRL LIED ABOUT HER AGE - SO and SO - GOT BUSTED WITH A GIRL THAT LIED ABOUT HER AGE!!! The detective asked me how this all happened... When I told him everything... HE ACTUALLY SAID - DID I CHECK HER ID... MY PAID LAWYER SAID... YOU ARE THE ADULT - AS FAR AS LAW GOES - YOU SHOULD OF CHECKED HER ID!!!

    Now - I WONT DATE ANYONE - I MEET ONLY WITH PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS!!! Because another plus of the label... IF something should happen that involves someone else - say, "an altercation" on ANY level... I am AUTOMATICALLY WRONG!

    I AM NO LONGER A MAN...

    HERE IS MY IDEA ON HOW TO FIX THIS PROBLEM...

    ONE SIMPLE LAW THAT SHOULD BE MANDATORY! COMPUTER IS TO BE PLACED IN THE LIVING ROOM - WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE WHAT "HELPLESS" ONE IS DOING - ONLINE! IF YOUR HELPLESS ONE - FALLS VICTIM TO SOME CRAP ONLINE... ARREST THE PARENTS!!! BLATANT NEGLIGENCE & ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD!

    END OF STORY!

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.