Open question, but would definitely love to hear from parents/teachers/daycare staff/anyone else on my flist who spend time with (or otherwise tolerate) kids.
What is your opinion on the whole Dateline: To Catch a Predator shebang? Y’know the one where they lure in child-groomers/pedophiles via chat sites, then when a meeting is organized in a house set up with hidden cameras, Chris Hansen comes out and gets all “Dude. She’s fifteen. What the fuck?” and then the guy gets arrested by local authorities. Incase you still don’t know what I’m on about, here’s a link:
Further backstory/pointless trivia: TCAP is run in conjunction with Perverted Justice, an anti-pedophile organization who uses -for lack of a better term “pedo-baiting” to get info on sex offenders. I worked with them for a very brief stint assisting in weeding out Myspace profiles and really, it’s a well organized group and I cannot commend them enough.
I can’t really say the same for Dateline.
My personal take on it is this: While yes, it’s awesome that there’s a group who use these sort of tactics to weed out sex offenders and stuff, it doesn’t need to be a televised event. To me it just comes off as cheap, trashy entertainment. Perhaps not in the same vein as [insert braincell-killing reality show here], but all the same. It’s like that “Scared Straight” show where they shove some mouthy delinquent Gen Y’s into a prison to… well, scare them straight. While watching, I personally think “Way to go Hansen! Caught another deadbeat kid-fucking loser” and then click onto… well, anything else on YouTube (more on that in a later entry). I’m not really learning anything new at the end of the day. (let’s face it, anyone who has an internet connection probably knows that there’s a myriad of kid-fuckers on the internet)
So… yeah. Drop a comment below. Let me know what you think.
Till next time…