Readers — As much as parents worry about predators behind the petunias, they worry about predators behind the pixels, too.
danah boyd has researched the validity of those online fears.
Surprisingly, the respondents to boyd’s survey expressed as much fear for their sons as for their daughters. Lenore Skenazy in her book ) have reported elsewhere, the “stranger danger” fears that afflict so many parents are greatly overblown.
The fact is, child molestation is far more likely to be perpetrated by people who are well known to the child, such as relatives, trusted family friends, priests, and teachers, than by strangers.Not only does her book, “ Myth #4: Social media put teens at great risk from sexual predators.In a nationwide survey, boyd and her colleagues found that 93 percent of parents were concerned that their child might meet a stranger online who would hurt them, while only one percent of them indicated that any of their own children had ever had such an experience.Initially we had web cams, I got rid of mine, he still had his and just put it away a couple months ago (5).
I had always wondered why he kept it set up right next to his computer when we didn’t use it anymore with each other.
He had a roommate and I just figured he used it to take pics of himself for the computer.