UnderstandI clicked on the "true risk" link and was taken to the Crimes Against Children Research Center website; specifically the of students encountering online predators and instead of succumbing to scare tactics by the media, politicians, law enforcement, computer security vendors, and others;Internet Crimes page:
"The publicity about online “predators” who prey on naive children using trickery and violence is largely inaccurate (formatting is mine). Internet sex crimes involving adults and juveniles more often fit a model of statutory rape – adult offenders who meet, develop relationships with, and openly seduce underage teenagers -- than a model of forcible sexual assault or pedophilic child molesting."Read all >1500 words.
For me (and I believe most teachers like me), it's an unending debate that we rarely win, when trying to balance sharing students' work, images and videos while appeasing administrators' and parents' fears.
Last year, our school (and PTA) sponsored an 8-week "kid safe" program that cost each student $25.00 where someone from the program came in to class and facilitated a variety of scary scenarios for role-playing. I'm guessing it's in their best financial interest to keep people worried.
So, what if our administrators and parents and PTAs somehow caught wind of this "revelation" that we just might have been overreacting all this time? Would anything really change or are we so caught up in the "but if it saves even one child's life than it's worth it" mentality?
What are your thoughts?