Technology Passes Responsibility

In February a 16-year old girl and 17-year old boy were convicted on child pornography charges after they took explicit photos of themselves and emailed them to each other.

A report in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 1 in 25 teens was asked to send a sexual photo of themselves. That amounts to thousands of children who are being solicited for sexually-explicit material of themselves each year.

These are some examples recently cited by Larry Magid, a board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mr. Magid points to these and other cases as evidence that we need to do more to properly educate our children about the consequences of their online activities.

Children are not alone in their lack of education; parents are often light years behind their children in understanding the power of technology and what their children are doing online. This is due in part to a lack of interest on the part of some parents; mostly it is due to the tech industry's refusal to provide parents with adequate parental tools and choices.

Parents are responsible for their children. Technology is also responsible to serve parents in helping them to guide their children's online activities.

Created: July 23, 2007 13:34
Last Modified: July 30, 2007 09:16

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