Brace yourselves, people. “Trust” is coming to a theater near you. As the first comment under the trailer in YouTube put it, “To Catch a Predator The Movie?” I’ve only seen the trailer of David Schwimmer’s film, but I’ve been watching the blogosphere about it since last fall, frankly in a little bit of denial, because it worries me greatly. I didn’t even want to draw to it the teeny bit of attention this blog might represent because I know how compelling actors such as Clive Owen and Catherine Keener can make things. Why? Because I so don’t want this society to revisit the long-lasting, destructive “perfect [predator panic] storm of 2006 that was and is the OPPOSITE of how we need to address youth risk online: inform and empower, not spread fear (see this). I so hope the public discussion about online youth has matured beyond panic, which causes paralysis and overreaction, which in turns shuts down parent-child communication at a time when it’s greatly needed. I’m not optimistic enough to believe this film will only raise awareness of the emotional-vulnerability factors that can lead a child into seeking support and validation from strangers and not just reinforce parents’ most visceral fears. I hope we haven’t taken one step forward only to find a compelling, well-acted film taking us two steps back.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems
- U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too