Friday, March 24, 2006

Pedophiles Trolling in MySpace Raise Alarm

I read a recent column by Stephen Dick , editor of The Herald Bulletin and as a parent just let me say that I'm appalled. Steven Dick comments that MySpace and such sites are good because they allow a free flow of information and conversation.

What the?

Finish reading my thoughts at Window to my World.

Please do share your thoughts.

Rose DesRochers

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Dick? Is the name appropriate or what?

Rose, now even I can see what's been tearing you apart the past few weeks with your daughter.

You're so right to closely monitor their online activities. You're violating their privacy? So what? Parents shouldn't run a democracy; it should be a dictatorship. My own son, now 24, has thanked my wife and me for being snoopy. At the age on 19 something clicked in his brain to make him realize we did it out of appropriate love.

What's better? Having you child 'hate you’ for a few months or attending their funeral?

If you don't want to monitor them for their own safety, do it for the safety of you and your spouse. If the predator can get to your child, what's to stop them from entering your home and doing whatever they please?

Because of the actions of a few, paces like MySpace, as well as many other sites, should prevent adults talking to children

Pete

Merriam said...

I believe that we are in a time, where parents need to monitor what their teens are doing on the Internet. If I were raising high school children now, I would have the computer in the living room, and not let them have a computer in their bedrooms. I would also regularly check the history of where they have been. So many teens have been lured by older men away from their homes and have been molested and kidnapped. An older man can respond to a teenager, and the teen wouldn't know they were talking to an older man. Pedophiles know what type of young person they can lure, like a teen who is having difficulties in their home life. They are experts at manipulating and "grooming" these young teens. Parents in this day and age have to be just that "parents." Parents are all that stand between these predators and teenagers. This isn't an issue where parents can count on their teenagers, to make good decisions or that they will be able to recognize a predator.

Merriam said...

I believe that we are in a time, where parents need to monitor what their teens are doing on the Internet. If I were raising high school children now, I would have the computer in the living room, and not let them have a computer in their bedrooms. I would also regularly check the history of where they have been. So many teens have been lured by older men away from their homes and have been molested and kidnapped. An older man can respond to a teenager, and the teen wouldn't know they were talking to an older man. Pedophiles know what type of young person they can lure, like a teen who is having difficulties in their home life. They are experts at manipulating and "grooming" these young teens. Parents in this day and age have to be just that "parents." Parents are all that stand between these predators and teenagers. This isn't an issue where parents can count on their teenagers, to make good decisions or that they will be able to recognize a predator.