When I hear folks discussing how dangerous social networks and the Internet are I find myself asking these types of questions: How many predators are actually out there? How dangerous is it to be online? Sure there are dangers and I don’t want to discount them, but in the story, PRIME NUMBER from NPR’s On The Media, there appears to be some exaggeration of the numbers on online predators — or at least an unsubstantiated number. Check out the part about the number 50,000 and how it appears in many statistics that are unsubstantiated. Interesting…
Do we need to teach our kids to be safe online? Yes.
Do we need to teach are kids to be safe in the really world? Yes.
Part of education is to talk to our kids about making good judgments. Explain to them why it is important not to talk to strangers if we don’t know who they are. Role play with them. But creating fear that is unsubstantiated is not the way educating kids.
Thanks, On the Media, for another great story.