Over the 15-or-so years I’ve been covering family technology, I’ve noticed a kind of siege mentality that developed among parents about kids’ use of digital media. Then, a few years ago, when sociology professor David Finkelhor at the University of New Hampshire gave his milestone talk, “The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia,” […]
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At least since 400 BC we’ve had what Dr. Finkelhor calls this “exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on youth,” but why are today’s fears so focused on the Internet? Finkelhor has the best explanation I’ve seen yet.
Prominent US online-risk researcher David Finkelhor says there’s no evidence to support fears that the Internet increases youth risk and, in fact, there’s evidence suggesting the opposite.