“Homeland Insecurity”Inspect Your Gadgets “Your home is your castle. Has the mote been bridged?” Protecting Our Children In A Technologic World
Cell Phone, Camera, Computer? = + + New threats from an unlikely sources.
Harmless fun????? Kids haven’t changed! The technology has….
“When she is ready” New Home with Rapunzel Tower • Tower outfitted for girls 13-15 years of age. • No modern conveniences • Convenient food dumb waiter • Convent nearby to assist in transition to modern life.
“The free access which many young people have…has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth.” Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790
“This new form of entertainment has gone far to blast maidenhood…Depraved adults with candies and pennies beguile children with the inevitable result” Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1909
“Does it break up the home life and the old practice of visiting friends?” The Knights of Columbus…1933
The Culture War Against KidsMike Meles – alter.net Perhaps no period in history has witnessed such rapid improvements in adolescent conduct! From 1990 through 1999, teenage violence and other malaise plunged: homicide rates (down 62 percent) rape (down 27 percent), violent crime (down 22 percent), school violence (down 20 percent), property offenses (down 33 percent), births (down 17 percent), abortions (down 15 percent), sexually transmitted diseases (down 50 percent), violent deaths (down 20 percent), suicide (down 16 percent), and drunken driving fatalities (down 35 percent
U.S. Department of Justice · Office of Justice ProgramsBureau of Justice Statistics
Rape rates continue to decline. About seven in ten female rape or sexual assault victims stated the offender was an intimate, other relative, a friend or an acquaintance
May 2005 Teen Drug Abuse Continues Its Three-Year Decline Cigarettes. Smoking among teenagers continues to decline from peak levels in the mid-1990s
What about our state? • Among the Best in the Nation in Students Going on to College: Pennsylvania ranks 4th in the nation • One of the Best Graduation Rates in the Country: Pennsylvania's public high school graduation rate is among the top 6 in the country • Classroom Behavior Is Improving: The proportion of Pennsylvania educators saying they were very satisfied or satisfied with student behavior increased from 51% to 64% over the past four years. • Widespread Internet Access: Almost all of the public schools in Pennsylvania (98%) have internet access. • U.S. Department of Justice · Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics -2005 – Pennsylvania violence and crime in schools have showed a steady decrease in the last decade. .
The murder of a child who is abducted by a stranger is a rare event. There are estimated to be 100 such incidents in the United States each year, less than one half of one percent of the murders committed. There is approximately one child abduction murder for every 10,000 reports of a missing child.
Do we believe……? David Finkelhor, a criminologist at the University of New Hampshire has studied internet-related crime He reports: “There are new perils for kids, but no evidence that kids are on the whole more endangered today as a result of the Internet.”
2004 study by Wolak and Finkelhor, financed by the U.S. Department of Justice points out a number of fallacies It is assumed that most internet predators pretend to be peers. Actually only 5% do. It is assumed that things happen quickly for the unsuspecting victim. Actually most abusers correspond with their victims for a least a month and most have telephone conversations before meeting. It is assumed that sex is not mentioned by the abuser. Actually, most freely discuss sex and most victims freely agree to it. Only about 16% are coerced into sex.
Youth 12-17 are two to three times more likely than adults to be the victims of an assault, robbery, or rape, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey • Nearly half of all rape victims are girls under the age of 18
Chances your kids could be in trouble…. • Almost 40 percent of American high school students have posted personal information such as names, e-mail addresses, age and gender on the Web, according to iSafe student surveys, and 12 percent have had face-to-face meetings with people they have met online. • In 2003, about 7% of public and private school students age 12-18 reported that they have been bullied at school within the past six months
MySpace.com has jumped from zero to more than 50 million users in just two years. Too much information could allow Internet predators to find you, stalk you. Don't put where you work-- what time you do something--- where you are going to be at a certain time.
@myspace • An ad-saturated Gen-Y playground owned (and mined for marketing data) by as regrettable an intersection of business, media, and politics as exists: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. • Fast becoming an obligatory whistle-stop for pop-icon aspirants eager for MySpace's prime audience: 14- to 34-year-olds. • Mr. Murdoch says the networking site will drive traffic to his Fox TV sites.
Just how big is it? MySpace, which was created in 2003 and has exploded to include some 60 million registered users, has become the dominant social networking site, eclipsing others like Friendster.com, Tribe.net, Xanga.com and Meetup.com
Music….Music…..Music • "MySpace now draws so much traffic that it accounted for 10% of all advertisements viewed online in the month." Businessweek • What does all of this have to do with music? One of the main drivers of the myspace growth explosion has been its focus on music combined with social networking services.
Teen blogs are not about the technology They are about feelings of belonging and being loved. They are about trying on different personalities. They are about someone who feels isolated connecting with others who share their interests or insecurities.
MySpace’s terms of service say that it’s open to people 14 or older there is no age verification process to prevent younger kids from setting up an account by lying about their date of birth. BUT…….
News Flash ! - April 2006 • myspace has new Safety Czar – Nemu Nigum – hired away from Microsoft - former trial attorney with Dept. Of Justice • Reacting to calls for legislation and congressional hearings. • Cuts 250,00 profiles of kids under 14.
What do teens think? Most teens say they know to be wary of strangers online, but do not share the angst about posting personal information. Growing up today means living with the fact that there are going to be pictures of you and other personal data on the Web for all to see.
Would Your Billboard Say: Come see me naked I committed crimes I got away with I love to party and drink I hate black people (white people, Mexicans..)
Who’s Looking(and doing background checks) Employers Bankers Insurance Brokers College Admission Officers
Question to ask yourself: 10 Years from now would you like this information to be viewed? You can’t control where it goes after you post it. Even if you no longer post or try to delete the site it can be retrieved!
Cam-Girl Charged With Sexually Abusing Herself Several months ago police in Latrobe, PA charged a 15-year-old girl with possession of child pornography, sexual abuse of children, and dissemination of child pornography. The twist? The alleged victim is also the alleged perpetrator. The girl allegedly acted as both sexual predator and prey by sending images of herself in various states of undress to people that she met in chat rooms.
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