Regular Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton has some opinions on child safety online and the use of fear mongering. Here are his thoughts. "The
National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children has been running online
for several years saying that "Each year 1 in 5 children is sexually
a statistic that has been endlessly repeated, including by
vendors of blocking
and by politicians who often
paraphrase it to
that 1 in 5 children "are approached
by online predators". While others have quietly
the problems with this statistic,
lawmakers still bring it out every year in a push for more online
this year only by the topic du jour of
so it's time for anti-censorship
organizations to start campaigning more aggressively against the misleading
"1 in 5" number.
That means two things: framing the debate with more accurate numbers, and
holding the parties
accountable for disseminating the wrong ones -- and that means naming
those of organizations like the NCMEC that are normally beyond reproach."
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