Lesson Resources: Online Predators

We’re not just playing around in this episode: we checked our sources and did the math ourselves to be sure we were correctly representing the Help Delete Online Predators ads and their critics. You can check our sources too:

Livescience has a great writeup and review of the reports on online predators which were initially published by the Crimes Against Children Research Center in 2000 and 2005. The discrepancies between the report and the way these statistics were used in public service ads initially came to our attention through an interview with Bennet Haselton in Slashdot. Haselton runs Peacefire.org, an organization devoted to speaking out for the online free speech rights of people under 18.

For further reading, it’s worth considering Sahara Byrne’s talk on how parents and children give different reports about children’s online behavior. And if you’ve got a strong stomach, British online journal Spiked has a thought-provoking article about “dead baby porn,” which argues that graphic articles about child abuse are less about a collapsing society than they are about those of us who read them: these articles are written to titillate and pander to those of us who want to feel morally superior because we aren’t like “those people.”