I got a spam email today that linked to this article:
The statistics are alarming. One out of every five children is solicited for sex online but only 25% of parents ever hears about it.
According to cyber investigators, the average child predator is a white male between the age of 25 to 45, middle to upper income. He maintains a professional job, sometimes in a career involving children, and uses the computer to reach his victims because of its perceived anonymity and access. That means that, as parents, we have to be proactive and involved in what our kids are doing online, whether we want them using them or not.
Really? One in five? Does this pass any kind of smell test? Let me put it this way: If someone gave you a small team of middle age white males and made it your job to contact 20% of the kids in America, do you think you could do it? My guess is that you would have to resort to Santa Clause logistics to figure out how so few people could contact so many.
It is just incredible to me that the media will reprint any number whatsoever from an activist. This is the post-modern "fake but accurate" impulse once again. If you asked the media person, they would say "Yeah, its probably exaggerated, but its for a good cause."
Update: Just to head off the obvious comment. I am sure that it occurs, but this occurrence rate is absurd.