I just read an article (thanks to a link on Grace’s blog) arguing that fears about children’s use of the internet are overblown. In fact, says the piece, there are almost no incidents of molestation or harassment as a result of internet contact, mainly because teenagers who use the web know not to give out their physical whereabouts.
Several teenagers interviewed in [a recent film] make it clear that only an idiot would be lured unwittingly into a relationship with an online sicko: “If someone asks me where I live, I’ll delete the ‘friend.’ I mean, why do you want to know where I live at?” says one girl.
Um, okay. But what if what I’m worried about isn’t potential molestation but the deterioration of my child’s grammar?