posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 07:47 AM
There might be. But the ones of us who are left, are ten times as good as the old sort.
Joking aside. It is likely, that there would be a reduction in the amount of people caught or involved in such things. However, does this make it a
good thing? The study itself, doesn't say if this is due to a reduction in Sexual Predators or if they have gone somewhere else - such as offline and
back into the real world. Which is worse, them trying it over a computer or at a park?
Furthermore, half the problem now is that a lot of these websites such as Vampirefreaks
have been filled with children who are under age but say otherwise. So a lot of the time, these studies never do
factor that in and of course the problems that arise from such things. A good example, is the club my friend owns. They used to have a MySpace group
for the club - due to cheaper promotion. One night they were doing random ID checks and several of the people who were on the site claiming to be 18
through to 20, had no ID on them. Although this isn't proof they were underage, it is an odd tendancy that they'd not have ID on them and not return
to the club with ID.
So it really boils down to, is it always the "predators" fault? There was two years ago, a court case involvign such an incident where an Adult
Dating Site was being used by an under-age girl . She slept with a man and later on he was taken to courts by her parents. The judge in the case
[and jury] ruled that he wasn't at fault due to the nature of the site. Furthermore, many such incidents happen where people are targetted by younger
teens for either their own selfesteem or some form of amusement as iori_komei
pointed out. If you look now at people, especailly girls between
14 and 17 several of them can be mistaken as being over the legal age of concent and while ages on sites can easily be changed and altered it is
massively unfair to label these people as perverts. As though all of them had the intent to get sex with an underage person.
You also then have the problem that the internet is global. Laws differ in the United State's in each State. So what abotu the rest of the World?
Many parts of the World don't even have concent laws, parts of Europe are 13 and younger. However, in reality it should fall on the parents to
regulate what their children get up too. If their child is talking to a pedophila, should they not feel as though they can talk to their parents or
someone in their family? If they cannot there might be bigger issues at hand than who they are talking to online.