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Is “To Catch a Predator” exploiting the Internet safety issue

Douglas McCollam has written a very thoughtful article about NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series. In it he not only questions the tactics of this show, but also some of the “statistics” that have been floating around about the prevalence of Internet predators, observing that “Dateline heavily skews reality by devoting hour after hour of primetime programming to the phenomenon.”

Considering the show’s enormous audience, it’s appropriate that it be given serious scrutiny. Is the show a public service, helping to make children safer or is a witch hunt designed to exploit the issue and make money for NBC? We’d welcome your comments. Don’t respond here, but discuss it in our BlogSafety forum. It takes only a few seconds to register.

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