Turns out online danger to children is overblown. Surprised?

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A task force created by 49 state attorneys general to look into the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded that there really is not a significant problem.

Did they count the honey pots run by local coppers as dangerous sites?

The findings ran counter to popular perceptions of online dangers as reinforced by depictions in the news media like NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series. One attorney general was quick to criticize the group’s report…

The report concluded that the problem of bullying among children, both online and offline, poses a far more serious challenge than the sexual solicitation of minors by adults.

“This shows that social networks are not these horribly bad neighborhoods on the Internet,” said John Cardillo, chief executive of Sentinel Tech Holding, which maintains a sex offender database and was part of the task force. “Social networks are very much like real-world communities that are comprised mostly of good people who are there for the right reasons.”

Not everyone was happy with the conclusions. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general, who has forcefully pursued the issue and helped to create the task force, said he disagreed with the report. Mr. Blumenthal said it “downplayed the predator threat,” relied on outdated research and failed to provide a specific plan for improving the safety of social networking.

And it may get in the way of Blumenthal’s plans to run for the Senate and, eventually, president.

Then, there’s all the crap legislation already trundling around the political dance floor. Congress and state legislators waste an incredible amount of time patting themselves on the back for corrosive attempts to oversee speech and thought on the Web – in the name of “we’re protecting the children”. What a crock!

4 thoughts on “Turns out online danger to children is overblown. Surprised?

  1. moss says:

    Another key component? Mom and dad are both working 2 jobs apiece to keep the mortgage and the car payment intact. They’re not taking any time to check on what the wee urchins are doing online.

    Let’s just leave it in the hands of the government. They’re real good at helping us out.

  2. mason oram of mountain view california says:

    there are plenty of kids who are sexually confused and dont know where to go, and when they are confronted by someone who seems neutral, they feel they can confide in them, what the hell are they supposed to do when they want to meet this person and they turn out to be someone who wants to exploit theyre every insecurity?

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      Are you speaking from experience? The report merely points out that these incidents are way overplayed as to occurrence and severity.

      The vast majority of children are smart enough to know to say NO to an actual predator as well as an on-line predator.

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