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.