Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
When I was in middle school, nobody educated us on the dangers of the internet because most adults didn't have a clue what the internet really was anyway. My two best friends planned a date in the mall with two twenty-somethings they had met online. I knew enough to tell my parents simply because I knew it was dangerous to go play with strangers and that anyone that old probably didn't have good intentions.
Threatening children into behaving like scared little mice isn't the answer either.
See, that is the difference. When I was in middle school, there WAS no internet so people didn't have to worry about it. No, adults didn't have to use shock tactics because we were actually raised to listen to our parents and remember their rules (for the most part). The internet introduced a ton of problems and dangers that no one could foresee.
Yes, pedophiles were around since the beginning of time, BUT they didn't have the access to as many children/young adults/teenagers, whatever you want to call them, until the internet. Now, just do a search on MySpace for an area and an age and sex, and you will have thousands to go through. Not to mention the fashion today. I'm sorry, but I see a LOT of high school students wearing outfits that I would only wear for my husband. My lord, I tried to NOT have panty lines that showed through my pants, and now girls wear thongs (nothing against thongs...I have some myself because of no panty lines) with low riding jeans and a short baby-tee that advertises the fact that she is wearing a thong. To me, that is slutty. I have no idea what pic she posted on the internet but since that seems to be the trend...yeah, it's slutty. And how do you think pedophiles are going to react to that?
Teenagers today have been told the dangers of the internet. It is the subject matter of at least prime time shows a week if not more. BUT teenagers always think "it can't happen to me". That's the beauty of being a teenager. You think you're immortal. What better way to show that it CAN happen to them than to have someone shown that it COULD.
And, he never said he "gave" her picture to the inmate. He said he "shared the info" and he could be masterbating to her picture.
"He told the entire student body that he had shared her info with a sexual predator in prison," said Ty Nordic whose daughter Shaylah Nordic's MySpace page was put on display.
Nordic said Gay then told the student body that the predator said he would masturbate to her picture."
We don't know if he could actually access MySpace. Most inmates aren't allowed into certain sites. I agree this was a harsh tactic, because I REALLY don't think that a police officer would pass that info on to a known criminal. But, it is possible that someone would be able to access that in prision if they got special privleges and who knows what would happen.
I still stand by the officer and I think how he handled it was absolutely fine. The "shock factor" is a part of life. So what if she left crying. The only way young people today will realize what can happen to them is either shocking them this way, or let them find out by themselves. Which is the lesser evil?