Fighting Against the New Age of Stalkers Imagine being a mother or father who is at home and suddenly the phone rings. It’s the police, they believe your son or daughter has been chatting with an internet predator. He/She went to meet him/her and was kidnapped. The police are tracking the suspect, but have no idea if their children is still alive. In today’s sick and twisted world these occurrences are becoming more and more frequent. Some parents and children don’t realize that with the power of the internet in millions of households, comes great responsibility.
These websites have become a playground for cyber stalkers.
Cyber predators can find easy prey on today’s internet, but with kids gaining more internet knowledge, computer security devices, and crime task units progress can start being made in stopping this ongoing problem. ? One of the best ways to keep children safe is by parents sitting down with their kids and informing them with some safety precautions to protect themselves and to not let their information get into the wrong hands.
Each day there are nearly 750 million daily readers and authorities believe that anywhere between 500,000 to 750,000 are cyber stalkers (Zandt 1).
Two of the most dangerous places where these cyber predators lurk are blog diaries and social networks(Zandt 1). In most cases the assailant tends to be male, but women are often their accomplice. These cyber predators are not easy to spot. They often are people with a steady incomes and even a college education. They own computer equipment and have knowledge on how the internet and these networks work(Obringer 1). Parents “…need to teach children that the Internet is like a very large city. There are lots of good things, some bad things, and a few very bad people. ”(Miller 67).
Cyber stalkers usually start by using techniques to help them find a single target. They will search through profiles or even create their own profile with the intent to lure unsuspecting youth. This is better known as “grooming”, or in other words searching for a victim who is unaware of the danger that the internet can hold. These predators often pose as a young adolescents, usually the same age as their victim. After first contact they will start making the conversations more private and trying to gain the young person’s trust. A clear cut sign to parents would be if your child is if your child is ?
Under aged children using the internet. starting to have email, instant messaging, telephone conversations, and even the mentioning of meeting a friend they met on the internet(Obringer 2). The last step, and the main goal of these stalkers is to meet with their victims face to face. This is where the child is often kidnapped, raped, or even killed. Usually, if the predator can reach this goal it often to late for their victim. Some important tips that can be instilled into children are to be careful when writing their profile and to not make them to revealing, such as: age, sex, or Young girls talking on a chat room. ocation. Also, if they do plan on meeting their internet buddy make sure that they don’t go alone and the meeting is in a public place with plenty of people around (Obringer 3). Some websites are trying to clean up there acts but others are letting young adults that are only 13 years olds chat together with adults without any provisions. Parents need to sometimes take matters into their own hands and use security devices to stop their children from entering dangerous situations. If parents don’t install these website blockers, they need to make sure that their child is responsible enough to handle these networks.
Parents sometimes forget how irresponsible a young child can be. When parents give their child their first phone they set provisions, but often forget to give provisions about chat rooms. If the child can’t live with these provisions, then they need to have their privileges revoked. These blockers not only need to be added at home but also in schools and libraries. Without these blockers or ground rules kids could be putting themselves, their home , and even their community in danger (Abbott 4). Although, internet harassment has made a decrease, children in the age range f 10 to 17 have still been increasing with harassment, porn, and bullying (Kornblum 1). Researcher David Finkelhor says, “ We are concerned that not only were kids being harassed more, but they were doing more harassing. ” (Kornblum 2). Myspace is one of the social networks now trying to help put a stop to this increasing problem. They have started to post announcements about how to safely use their website and have even deleted almost 330,000 profiles that were added by under aged kids (Miller 67). Most researchers still believe that these numbers are still way to high and making the job of an internet predator far to easy. The police have been trying to crack down on these predators by installing new task forces, set up specifically to search out and find these internet stalkers. Police patrol city streets trying to ensure the safety of children, but now they also must patrol the internet looking for those criminals that want to hurt adolescents. In the old days stalkers use to leave their houses and not only search for their victims, but also entice them to come with them, but with the internet they can lure children from the safety of their home computers.
FBI statistics show that one in five children who log onto these websites get sexually hinted at or harassed (Zandt 1). Some predators have had victims ranging into the hundreds (Zandt 1). One of the groups trying to protect these children is the Cyber Crimes Unit (Abbott 1). These officers log onto chats rooms, social networks, and blogs pretending to be a young girl. On more then 80 occasions they have met internet predators wanting to act out criminal intent on to unsuspecting kids (Abbott 2). They then set up a meeting with these predators or trace their profiles to where they can find these stalkers. Cyber stalking is a federal offense. They arrest them so that they can no longer use the internet to stalk their prey. A message telling children to use the internet safely. They can’t easily find all of these predators and often there are cases where victims are kidnapped and killed within a week or a month of first contact with the stalker. Most researchers believe that the best way to fight these predators is education, enforcing laws, and improving filters. A law that is still being fought for is the “Deleting Online Predators Act. , law enforcers are hoping this act will pass and help their fight against internet stalkers (Kornblum 2). If parent, kids, and the police can work together they can stop internet predators. As we continue into the twenty first century, so do these predators. The new technology that is being released keeps making the internet more and more dangerous. These criminals need to be caught and punished harshly. If the punishments are small and insignificant, then what is there to stop them from trying it again. After jail time, they should be denied from ever accessing another computer.
If major changes don’t start happening then not only are kids in danger, but so is this countries future. Work Cited Abbott Greg, Texas Attorney General and Office of the Attorney General.. ”Internet Child Predators. ” FDCH Congressive Testimony. Mas – Ultra School Edition. 14 February 2007. http://search. ebscohost. com. Newell High school Library Kornblum, Janet. “Online predators less prevalent. ” USA Today. Mas Ultra – School Edition. 14 February 2007. http://search. ebscohost. com. Newell High school Library Obringer, Ann. Cyber Safety > Cyber Predators” (2006) February 14, 2007. http://www. wright. edu/ ~obringer. 5/predators/prdtrs. htm Newell High school Library Miller, Michael J. “Warning Children About Online Dangers. ” PC Magazine (2006): 67-67. Mas Ultra – School Edition. 14 February 2007. http://search. ebscohost. com, Newell High school Library By: Garrett Bruner Zandt, Clint V. “Beware of cyber stalkers. ” (2006) February 14, 2007 http://www. msnbc. msn. com Newell High school Library
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