Freakonomics and MySpace abductions.
July 2, 2008 5:27 PM Subscribe
I live in Vermont. I work in a small town that has been directly affected by the recent Brooke Bennett tragedy (family involved 12 year old in sex ring and killed her, attempted to blame it on a MySpace predator) in an industry that is directly related to dealing with the aftermath.
I am also reading Freakonomics
, which amongst other things has persuaded me to look past media hype and compare numbers to actual relevant data. I have two questions
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1. How many children a year are kidnapped/abducted that can be directly attributed to social networking sites online vs other baseline statistics (how many children's parents kidnap them, how many children are killed due to negligence such as not belting kids in).
2. (Completely hypothetical) Given say a $500,000 grant to promote child safety, where would the money most be effective in comparative ranking to "ZOMG MYSPACE" alerts and education.
Are online predators really any statistical danger, or just an easy and new headline.