Facebook Feeding Frenzy

Four million children post content online every day.

20% of children ages 10-17 have been solicited sexually online.

Forty-four percent of teens with profiles like facebook or myspace have been contacted by a stranger, compared to 16% of teens without these profiles.

One out of 17 children have been harassed, threatened, or bullied online.

Between 2007 and 2009, Myspace had to delete 90,000 accounts…because they were created by registered sex offenders (source: Cyber Safety Statistics).

The CEO of Sentinel, a security technology firm, calls facebook a “safe haven” for sex offenders (source: Techcrunch.com).

With or without statistics or cold, hard numbers like these, common sense would immediately clue you in that a 13-year-old boy’s brand new facebook account should never, ever have been set up with his full name, photograph, hometown, residence, and email address displayed publicly for the entire world to access, without the first privacy setting changed for his protection. 

Common sense, and just a miniscule shred of parenting skill, ability, or concern, would have induced a rational and sane person to hide a child’s personal information from the general public and offer at least a minimum of protection for the child instead of haplessly tossing him to the ravenous online wolves without a second thought.

However, when your sole intention for creating the child’s facebook account in the first place was to add to your pathetic repertoire of stalking tools and methods, and you are literally, orgasmically drooling on yourself in anticipation of accessing certain individuals’ profiles and photos and friends lists through the child’s account, then I suppose your ultimate priority remains what it has always, sadly, and disappointingly been: your own damn self.

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6 Responses to Facebook Feeding Frenzy

  1. Lucky13 says:

    Incredibly disturbing stats. What does that say about parenting these days? Aside from the deranged person you have to deal with in your life.

  2. Smirking Cat says:

    This particular facebook account is just an extension of two static conditions of the deranged people in my life: (1) using the kids for their own interests, and (2) obsessive and insane stalking behavior that is out of control.

  3. Lucky13 says:

    I'm sorry, I feel for you and can empathize. There is much deranged behavior from my husband's own family and his ex. I always say that it was indeed fortunate that this child was born, since so much bad behavior has been excused all in the name of what's 'good' for the child. Madness…
    Anyway, cheers for a better 2012 to you and yours.

  4. Amy says:

    Sad and disturbing. My youngest is almost 17. By parental mandate, his profile is accessible only to his friends and no one can see his wall, photos or other information. Parental mandate also states that he may not become friends with anyone that he doesn't know in “real” life. Kids he goes to school with, family or adults that are family friends.

    I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and think that she's just too stupid to know how to work the privacy settings but I'm afraid that the truth is – she just doesn't care. This is just another way to make a pawn out of her son who she cares nothing about other than how to best use him as a weapon. How sad

  5. Smirking Cat says:

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  6. Smirking Cat says:

    “I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and think that she's just too stupid to know how to work the privacy settings…”

    The privacy settings were not originally set to his account due to utter lack of concern or caring, not to ignorance about how to set them. They are set now, because it wasn't safe to leave his account the way it was.

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