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Are Internet Threats to Minors Overblown?




A new study from the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) suggests that Internet threats faced by minors are overblown. According to the study, Internet and social networking sites aren’t as dangerous as we all think they are. Clearly Chris Hansen from NBC’s To Catch a Predator needs to give them a call.

I really don’t understand the merit this study has (or the point of it, for that matter). The report says, “Minors are not equally at risk online.┬áThose who are most at risk often engage in risky behaviors and have difficulties in other parts of their lives.” I feel like we need Seth and Amy to break into a “Really?!?” session.

Since they’re not here, I’ll do it for them!

Really, ISTTF members, did we really need a study to suggest that children who engage in risky behavior online are more likely to face online threats? Really?

Really, ISTTF members, is your Task Force seriously made up of MySpace and Facebook executives? You don’t think they have even the slightest bit of interest in tainting this information? Really? Even though they run the very social communities being investigated in this study? That’s like asking the tobacco executives to sit in on smoking related lung cancer studies. I think they might be a little bit bias.

“The risks minors face online are complex and multifaceted and are in most cases not significantly different than those they face offline.” Really, ISTTF, you don’t think by giving the millions of pedaphiles out there access to the same social networks kids engage in doesn’t put them more at risk? You really think they aren’t even a little bit more at risk? Really?

The study went on to find groundbreaking news that parents and minors need to execute more caution in their online activities. Thanks, we can all sleep better at night.

  • http://www.mikehernalsteen.com Mike Hernalsteen

    LOL. Great SNL reference. Way to call out the study… self interests taint the heck out of it.

  • Michael B.

    Did the task force ever think about having myspace contact the minors that the 50,000 sexual predators contacted? Did they review the correspondence? Were the parents notified? Ever?

    Here is a good site where parents can ask if their kids were contacted on myspace.
    http://www.childonlineprotectionservice.com

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  • http://www.jaredsdirect.com Jared S Findel

    This is further proof of what I been saying all along more rhetoric to spawn unnecessary spending by the public. These editorials are just put out there with others spewing more information about the obvious to set trends for some marketing purpose. Basically flood the market in this case the internet with ridiculous obvious information so when were ready to push our new security software down your throat you will obviously have to buy it even though you have no obvious idea why.

  • http://www.netage.co.za Goran Web Design

    not to be argumentative or anything, but mayhaps they’re indicating the fact that as kids are exposed more and more to the Internet and the inherent dangers it poses, they’re becoming wiser to how they might avoid or counteract those dangers?

  • http://www.jaredsdirect.com Jared S Findel

    Honestly; I believe thats naive to think thier intentions are just to simply inform the public of things that are so obvious.

  • http://quilmesverano.tv Quilmes Verano

    Dude, you totally cracked me up with the REALLY!? session! ROTFLMAO

  • http://www.greatpriceshere.com Nicole Price

    I wonder if ISTTF members have children of impressionable age. Some wisdom may have prevailed if they had had. Worth exploring.

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  • http://www.paystolivegreen.com Patrick

    I just don’t get the understanding of doing studies like this. The bad part about the study they conducted is that they focus on the internet and not about parents actually parenting their kids better so they don’t misbehave and perform risky activities.

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  • http://www.gadgets4nowt.co.uk PS3

    My daughter is 15 and I would hate her to see this article. We spend our time trying to educate her of the dangers, the last thing we would want is for her to suddenly think she no longer has to worry.

  • http://www.jordankasteler.com/utah-seo-pro-blog/ Utah SEO Pro

    a threat is a threat regardless of the medium.

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  • http://www.rnbhaven.com R&B Love Songs

    Lol, unfortunately, like most studies, this one is pretty ridiculous. As you said, a totally biased source here and there is a tremendous amount of danger for children who don’t know the proper cautions about online usage.

  • http://www.dataflurry.com DF Marketing SEO

    The pace the internet is growing and the flexibility of the internet, I think its almost impossible to protect children online. I guess its good they are trying to make an impact though!

  • http://www.ychange.com Small Business Marketing

    Whatever we do, don’t for one minute take the responsibility off the parent’s back. It is the parent who has to figure out how to keep the child in a protected environment. When we take them to school, that is supposed to be a protected environment and if something goes wrong there we it is the school’s responsibility. leaving them to surf the web unsupervised islike taking them to the beach or to a park and leaving them alone. The web is not a protected environment and the responsibility is still the parent’s/ Unless we can figure a legal way to get rid of all th e predators in our society.

  • http://www.velvetblues.com Shirley

    Yes, a very obvious and relatively useless study. And the final word of advice about exercising more caution… really? Makes sense. :-) So, did this study cover anything that we didn’t already know?

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  • http://www.fairytalebaby.com Jason Kuiper

    Useless study! SNL was funny, and ripped it though