Go away a day, and look how much I have to catch up!
I'm suppressing my urge to respond to every little part of every post, because, well, I'd be here all night. (edit: Since El posted a great deal of information of her own, however, I seem to have ended up doing just that)
Let me first say that this post is about the statistics. I would hope
anyone reading this would also read (or read instead) the post that shall soon follow this, because it is, to me, perhaps even more important.El's
, as always, you challenge me to defend my argument, and provide a cohesive argument of your own. For that, I thank you.
I had not intended this thread to somehow be a consolation the families of victims... that is simply not it's purpose. I certainly feel a great deal of sympathy for them... but I fail to see why that sympathy should affect my opinion.
|Keep in mind - these stats are nearly 2 years old. Do you suppose the numbers have gone up or down now that so many more are online?
I suppose the solid numbers would have increased slightly. Why do you think I provided significantly more static percentages?
|19% reported getting an unwanted sexual solicitation in the past year 1, which the study estimates, equals 4-5 million children. These are 4-5 million REAL PEOPLE. Real, live people. Let's not trivialize this, it is certainly not trivial to the victims.
I disagree with the italicized part of the statement, as that percentage is very misleading.
As I posted, the much more telling statistic is the 5% of distressing
solicitations... solicitations which pissed off, scared, or just plain freaked out the victim.
I shall draw analogies to real life... but then, any such analogous situation is by definition more dangerous, because such a situation can not be resolved by a few clicks of a mouse.
The 20%... the 'unwanted sexual solicitation', in effect amounts to a vulgar catcall as one walks by a construction site. Certainly unwanted, undoubtedly annoying and perhaps, depending on the situation, a bit scary.... but likely trivial. Not something to lose sleep over.
The 5%... this
is the category in which to place the stalkers, the constant harassers, etc.
But even 5% of the teens on the net being harassed comes to a large number, easily thousands. But then, here are some stats I got from a survey conducted by Louis Harris and Associates for the American Association of University Women.
This poll, unfortunately, only covered 8-11th graders... nonetheless... 85% of girls and 76% of boys reported being sexually harassed.... in person. That's a pretty big step up from 5%, no?
This was way back in '93, but I don't know of anything that's happened since then to drastically increase or decrease the number of teens harassed.
The poll may well have been biased.... much the same way "Safeguarding Our Children" might post a slightly biased poll. I accepted the potential bias against me, because even with it the facts aren't particularly bleak.
|25% reported receiving "unwanted exposure to pictorial images of naked people or people having sex," which the study estimates equals 5.4-6.4 million children.
This is extremely misleading.....and here is why.
|71% of "unwanted exposures" occurred while the youth was searching or surfing the Internet, and 28% happened when opening e-mail or clicking on links in e-mail.
My math isn't very good, but I do believe 71 and 28 add up to 99... which means 99% of the exposure had nothing to do with chatrooms!
How Youth Was Exposed
• Surfing the Web 72%
• Opening E-mail or Clicking on an E-mail Link 30%
Within surfing the web they have this section:
How Web Site Came Up
• Link Came Up as Result of Search 36%
• Misspelled Web Address 18%
• Clicked on Link When In Other Site 24%
• Other 18%
• Don’t Know 3%
Of course, some kids have been exposed to unwanted material through chatrooms... so why didn't the poll get it?
The thing is, this poll counted chatroom exposure as a sexual solicitation, because it was a person showing another person a specific picture.
Therefore... all the kids who were traumatized by pictures in chatrooms... are already counted in the above 5%
It seems to me that 5% is extremely important. According to El, the survey lists that as 9 hundred thousand to 1.4 million kids... a lot of kids... of course, it is a small percentage (I think it just might be 5) of the total kids on the net...
Some will say "if it can happen at all, then that's too much! I don't want to put my kid in danger!"
For you (and for everyone else who posted and hasnt gotten a reply), see the below posts. This one is long enough.