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Predator Panic

America's obsession with online predators has been overblown, according to danah boyd, a researcher and essayist on teen media culture.

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PREDATOR PANIC

  • 34% of teen girls who spend time online have given out a photo or physical description of themselves to strangers. - McAfee/Harris Interactive, October 2008
  • Arrests of online predators in 2006 constituted about 1% of all arrests for sex crimes committed against children and youth. - Crimes Against Children Research Center, March 2009
  • A study found no evidence that online predators were stalking or abducting unsuspecting victims based on information they posted on social networking sites. - Crimes Against Children Research Center, March 2009

posted February 2, 2010

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