A New Hunting Ground
New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald says one of the ways teenagers put themselves at risk is by posting on personal websites. Teens use sites such as MySpace.com and Friendster.com to connect with their friends and meet new people, but Kurt says these websites have become a hunting ground for predators.
To demonstrate how easily an adult can establish contact with a child, Kurt searches on one site for a female, age 13 to 16, in Texas. In seconds, he gets 1,500 results.
The amount of personal information that children provide is astonishing—name, age, photos, hometown, name of high school, graduation date. Kurt says the most valuable information is the "instant message screen name" which allows him immediate access. "If I had ill intent, I could do whatever I want."