Understanding the threat the internet poses to our kids

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Understanding the threat the internet poses to our kids

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The argument has been put forward that the internet represents and unprecedented threat to children. Unlike anything that has preceded it. I don't think that's close to being accurate. I think of when the telephone was first introduced. You could be at home and never before could someone reach out, press a few numbers, and talk to you. Talking to you sight unseen, not having to go to the trouble of walking up and knocking on your door, showing their face or stating their purpose. They could hide behind some anonymity of a telephone line. When radio was first introduced. Radio introduced people to millions of ideas that they had never thought of before. They hired Louis Armstrong to play a trumpet, without ever having to go down into Harlem and face the threats or maybe their bigoted, preconceived notions of what Harlem was all about. Yet, they could hear Louis Armstrong. When television came along, it exposed them to ideas and visual themes that they had never seen before. The internet has come along and exposed people to even more things and more exchange of ideas like never before, but it is not unprecedented. Things have come around that has threatened the safety of children to sexual predators in the past. The key is how to manage those advancements in technology and not to repudiate it.

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Randall Devine is a Special Agent with the FBI working in the Los Angeles area. 

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