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
- Students called heroes in this 6th-grade class
- In the face of school violence, what do we default to?
- Popularity: The other kind of vulnerability
- FB & Oculus VR: The potential of a virtual-reality platform
- What’s (importantly) different about Snapchat
- We ‘like’ faces in social media: Study
- Yik Yak update: How the app came to geo-fence off US schools
- Smart safety: YouTube’s ‘neighborhood watch program’
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Identity theft a problem from cradle to grave — Kids most vulnerable
- How to protect your family from Heartbleed security flaw (slideshow)
- Beware of Heartbleed inspired phishing scams
- Are sites you use vulnerable to Heartbleed security flaw?
- Microsoft ends support of Windows XP: Machines highly vulnerable to security risks
- The evolution of online safety: Lessons learned over 20 years
- Safety through mindfulness: Watch ‘The Science of Character’
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media