Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave

7 10 2007

Ok, seriously. I know I keep going on about this but when I keep on getting hits from “people” looking for “child porn website” (with the quotes, no less) and “10 years old porn” (again, with the quotes) I’m really scared. I’m not 10, thankfully, nor do I have a 10 year old, but these people are out there and regularly finding this site. Which scares the bejesus out of me. That entire “internet paedophilia” thing seems so distant in every day life unless it directly affects you, but when I see “people” using those search terms and hitting this site it hits home.

Yet we still have parents letting their kids have unsupervised computer access and then blaming websites for not keeping their children safe. If these people are searching for that sort of material and finding this site, then how attractive do you think social networking sites (no matter how hard they may try to keep children safe) are to such predators? Do people really think that shutting down Facebook or fining them will protect their kids? When something as completely unconnected to children as this site still gets regular hits from these monsters, then the only way to protect children is good old parental supervision.


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8 10 2007
utenzi

Seems to me that you’re contributing to the problem by repeating that phrase. Some of those hits you’re getting might well be concerned parents and enforcement agencies.

8 10 2007
Mr President

Hmmm…I hadn’t thought about the concerned parents and enforcement agencies point. That certainly puts my mind at ease, somewhat, although the regularity of the hits is still concerning.

However I don’t see how discussing the problem is “contributing” to it. Discussion of important topics is what blogs exist for. That’s like saying by discussing the significance of the swastika (as I did recently) I’m promoting Nazism. I’m not encouraging people to look for child pornography, am I?

8 10 2007
Romi

That “concerned parent”/”agency” thing is definitely something I overlooked as well. I kind of get what you’re saying Prez, I mean we can NOT talk about it and NOT mention those “key terms” as much as we want, but that’s almost like closing our eyes and hoping for the best…

8 10 2007
Mr President

Well that’s just it. When I see those “key terms” come up on my blog stats it concerns me, I can either ignore it and hope it’ll go away or address it. And if I hadn’t brought it up the “concerned parent”/”agency” point would never have come up. Now when I see those terms come up I won’t automatically just assume it’s some sicko.

8 10 2007
Utenzi

Discussion is fine, of course. What bothers me in this is more the fact that using terms like those in your post adds to the number of hits that search engines find–which is what directs the traffic to your site–and allows the media to hype how dangerous the Internet is to kids. I suspect that a lot of the supposed predators are actually journalists looking for stats to use in a story. The tail wagging the dog?

8 10 2007
Mr President

I only used the terms that came up in my blogstats as terms used to find this blog. However that’s a really interesting point re: media hype. I’ve long believed the media pushes its own agenda and perhaps a lot of the “predator” stats are inflated in the way you describe. It wouldn’t surprise me if at least part of the problem is driven by “innocent” searches (such as those by parents or law enforcement) that create false stats.

9 10 2007
Karen Vogel

I don’t know if the figures are inflated, but it is a real problem. I know several people in law enforcement who wouldn’t let their kids alone with a computer, because they know that this stuff happens all the time. But remember, you cannot supervise a teenager all the time. What, you’re never going to drop him off at the library? There’s Internet access there, you know….

9 10 2007
Mr President

I agree, but likewise there’s only so much any website can do to protect children. It’s a horrible problem. I don’t know if the figures are inflated either, it was a hypothesis that had some basis to it, but you’re right, inflated or not, the problem is real. The solution, unfortunately, is not apparent, but I know that a lack of supervision can’t help. Of course you’re also correct in stating that it’s impossible to supervise children all the time. Unfortunately I don’t know what you can do to combat this.

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