Debunking Myths Of A Dangerous Internet

We’ve heard it before, indeed we read it here from time to time. We hear that the internet crawls with predators, seeking to sexually assault children and teenagers.

Well, come to find out, it’s bull.

Sure, the internet has its share of predators and perverts, just like your local mall, convenience store, and public library has its share of scum. Yet what are the numbers? You know, the actual facts?

According to computer security expert Bruce Schneier, they’re much lower than you’d think. Why do we think they’re higher? Obviously the media has something to do with that. In fact, a parenting magazine requested that a New York Times journalist write a story on the dangers of the internet. Then they rejected it when he didn’t write something intended to provoke fear.