I was waiting for something like this to show up, because it confirms my suspicion. As parents, it is important to understand that allowing a child to roam the streets of NYC without an adult opens up dangers to the child’s welfare. The recent eight years there has been a lot of fear tactics placed on parents that the Internet is a threat to children because of the amount of molesters and perverts looking for innocent kids.
Microsoft, ATT, AOL, Turner Broadcasting and others have paid for this study to be performed by a group at Harvard called the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce trying ton confirm these statistics. The results may not be what you think:
A) The Internet is not as dangerous for social interaction as many claim
B) Children should ALWAYS be monitored by parents in some way (see other posts in my blog)
C) Children on children bullying is a far worse problem on social websites like Facebook and MySpace, than sexual predators.
For more facts, please go to the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce at the Berkman Center for Internet Society and the The Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire posted paper on hidden forms of bullying.