This is an extremely interesting observation by researcher David Finklehor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. What it implies is that we might be teaching teens and children the wrong things when it comes to giving out personal information. I’ll have more on this in an upcoming post. Follow the link to BlogSafety.com (in the post) to read the rest and discuss it with others.
Data suggest change in Internet safety strategy
We had a paper published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine this week that I think has some very important findings that suggest the need for a somewhat different approach to Internet safety education. It finds that giving out personal information online (one of the key prevention strategies emphasized in safety education) does not really increase a youth’s risk for sexual solicitation. Rather risk is related to making a lot of online acquaintances and talking with them about sex.
You can read the rest of this post and discuss it at BlogSafety.com
Crimes against Children Research Center
University of New Hampshire