Online Predators  

duststormdiva 52F
7253 posts
9/10/2006 9:29 am

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9/18/2006 9:51 am

Online Predators


I teach four computer classes. I would not be fulfilling my duty as a teacher if I didn't teach my students about the dangers of having profiles on sites such as my space. There are other sites that kids create profiles and post personal information, not to mention pictures of themselves.

I have spent a week teaching my students about the dangers of online predators.

Online predators, every minute of every day scope out such sites looking for young people to lure for some sick sexual reason. At worse their hunt could be for more fatal reasons.

As I have browsed my space yesterday I am not surprised to see that kids post their age, the cities or towns they live in and even share the name of the schools they attend. Not to mention they post pictures of themselves. Many pictures.

I have been guilty of posting pictures of my kids on my my space. I changed my whole profile after doing my research about online predators. I am amazed at how many people post pictures of their kids on this site. I am amazed at how many people, kids and adults alike, give information such as where they live and where they do their extra curricular activities. That type of information is a predators dream come true.

Surveys are ways to lure people to provide information that will allow a predator to collect information that in the past could have taken months to get.

I have been reading on MSNBC datelines investigation of "How To Catch A Predator" and I was not surprised to learn that they along with Perverted Justice have confronted men who actually were bold enough to lure and attempt to meet girls as young as 12 for sexual encounters.

Perverted Justice is an internet watch group. Volunteers set up accounts on sites such as myspace with profiles leading predators to believe they are young kids. They will chat with the predators and it's not usually that long before the predator will turn an innocent conversation into something sexual.

I discussed with my classes two cases that occurred in Tucson. A 52 year old man who has been arrested, charged and convicted for luring a 14 year old girl for sex. The other case was a 22 year old man who masturbated on cam for a kid he believed was 12. You can find these stories on kvoa.com under the title Man stung in child sex sting goes to trial. The 52 year old man had ". . . transmitted links to child pornography from his computer. It involved children as young as infants to twelve year olds having sex with adults."

Please becareful and play safe on the internet. If you think I am being paranoid, remember, it could happen to your daughter, your son, your brother, your sister, your grandchildren... someone close to you that you love. It could even happen to you. Adults even have to be careful.

DustStormDiva



ZZ_Todd 61M

9/10/2006 3:47 pm

I had great teachers when I was in school, and I often wonder if that's part of the problem with kids today. It's nice to know that there are still great teachers (like you, obviously), but it would be so much better if there were more of them.


Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
9/10/2006 4:06 pm

Thanks for this excellent reminder!!! I agree with ZZ the children and their families (all of us really) are lucky to have great teachers like you out there!

Kisses - Whisper...


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
9/10/2006 4:09 pm

    Quoting ZZ_Todd:
    I had great teachers when I was in school, and I often wonder if that's part of the problem with kids today. It's nice to know that there are still great teachers (like you, obviously), but it would be so much better if there were more of them.
Sometimes I feel that the teachers are pushed too hard to teach according to state standards. In doing so, this creates a blindspot in what really needs to be concentrated on. The state standards are important, yes, but we must not lose view of what is and can be way more important . . . our childrens safety.

DustStormDiva


kyplowboy22 63M

9/10/2006 5:05 pm

Stay alert, stay alive.

kpb


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
9/11/2006 11:53 am

    Quoting Whispersoftly5:
    Thanks for this excellent reminder!!! I agree with ZZ the children and their families (all of us really) are lucky to have great teachers like you out there!

    Kisses - Whisper...
Thank you,

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
9/11/2006 11:54 am

Most importantly, stay safe.

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
9/18/2006 9:51 am

    Quoting BigGirlzRSweet:
    I have seen a few episodes of "To Catch a Predator" and it amazes me how often they catch the same men in the same chatrooms immediately after they confront them in the kitchen of the supposed youths house!

    Sadly, we can only caution... it's up to their parents to monitor what their children are doing on the Internet. I know the students I've taught in the past... 6th grade... feel as though they are invincible and that they are totally capable of spotting frauds on the Internet. As an adult, however, I KNOW they are not!

    I've seen things about this on other shows as well... The Today Show did a regular segment for a month with mothers and their daughters who had profiles on my space. Mothers were shocked to see the semi-erotic photos teens were posting of themselves and the information they were willing to freely give out. At least these mothers and daughters were talking about it. That's a good start.

    And Montel Williams did a show about Internet Predators. There were at least three teenage guests who had been lured by older men on the Internet. One had gleaned information about the girl's school by simply asking what her school mascot was. He checked out her local schools for that mascot and showed up at her cheerleading practice! Predators are insidious.

    Thanks for posting about it.
A former student of mine is on my space and she has some rather revealing pictures of herself on that page. She's only 16. I really think I should make arrangements to have a parents night and instruct them on what to look for. Kids will more than likely just blow it off. Parents who care, will do something about it.

DustStormDiva


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