"Between June and October 2007, we conducted over 400 interviews with police about Internet-related sex crimes and we have yet to find cases of sex offenders stalking and abducting minors on the basis of information posted on social networking sites," report authors said.My Space made its debut in February 1999, while Facebook was made available to college students in February 2004 and to the general public in September 2006.
Most are "patient enough to develop relationships with victims and savvy enough to move those relationships forward," the report said.
One reason for this is that Internet use in the early 2000s was largely concentrated among tech-savvy individuals who had higher educations and incomes, "statuses hard to obtain by those with impulsive and violent inclinations," the study found.
The New Hampshire study identified several characteristics that make young Internet users more likely to be targeted by offenders regardless of the platform they use.
Kids who spoke to unknown people online, had unfamiliar people on their buddy lists, freely talked about sex with strangers online, looked for pornographic material on the Internet, or who were routinely "rude or nasty" while online were found to be at greater risk.
The following month, Facebook and Cuomo reached an agreement whereby Facebook agreed to pursue sex-related user complaints within 24 hours, and allow an independent examiner to report on Facebook's compliance for the next two years.
Though social networking sites and chat rooms are intended to connect people who might not have otherwise met, talking to unfamiliar users online appears to be where most of the problems start for young Web users.
that will be published in the February/March issue of American Psychologist.
The study relies on data collected between 20, including interviews with teenage Internet users as well as federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
Research suggests that queer people are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and addiction or substance abuse. It is our hope that LGBTQ individuals find LGBTribe to be a safe outlet for them to discuss these challenges and find a sense of community online.
Members of our LGBT support group will have access to the latest in social network technology including a dedicated activity stream, forum and chat room.
Basically, violent predators tend to be anti-social individuals who generally lack the skills to manipulate kids through online banter.