Is Facebook a Social Sensation or Playground for Pedophiles?
Do you think that Facebook is a social sensation or just another more advanced way for pedophiles to gain access to our children? This is a partial of the article I read yesterday. SNELLVILLE -- A Lilburn man already awaiting trial in an eerily similar case was arrested this week after reportedly using video games to lure a pair of teenaged boys into a vacant home and make "sexual advances."
#Snellville police Capt. Harold Thomas said Matthew Ronald Crawford, 29, met one of the young teenagers on a social networking site and "thought they had become buddies," conversing back and forth online
I think there needs to be more education for both adults and children about how to be safe on the internet. It's not facebook's fault that parents post hundreds of pictures about their children and then make a status that says they will be leaving their children home for the weekend.
Facebook has rules that children under the age of thirteen are not allowed on the site and in an age where kindergartners have a cell phone and are capable of searching videos on youtube and using a smart phone it's hard for kids to be told they aren't allowed to be on social networks.
Internet education is just as important as sex education. As a child I was told never to give information to strangers, in the world of the internet everyone is a stranger, and with only a picture to represent them it's easy to forget they are not necessarily who they say they are.
I agree with have to educate our kids on safety, but then that brings into play how young is too young for facebook and other sites. For me, my baby is only four, so I will use my baby sister as an example, she will be 15 this year, but I feel she is too young for facebook. For me 18 is the age, because you can socialize with your classmates, etc. in school.
I personally think facebook is silly for kids still in high school. They get to see their friends everyday so why do they need facebook? I only got it once I got to college to keep in touch with my high school friends.
nochance, You read my mine. To see some of the status's they put up you know they should be doing homework instead. My sister has my four year old saying I need a spacebook. Yeah right!
FB is an enabler for all sorts of people; therefore, we need to be careful what we post and who we befriend.
I believe it is what people choose to make of it... To say it is a 'playground for pedophiles' is ignoring the reality that it is a 'playground' for all kinds of personalities, and deceptively created cyber personas used for their own self prescribed motivations and advantages of any kind.
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