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Adults posing as teenagers on the internet [Jun. 13th, 2008|05:23 pm]
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Although this is a humourous look at the issue of impostors on the internet, I hope everyone is aware of the real dangers, especially if teenagers are in their care.

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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-06-13 06:20 pm (UTC)
It's a truth on which I need frequent reminders: People of all demographics (except the very poorest) use the Internet, many to communicate with strangers, and many dishonestly. When someone acts 12, I have to remind myself that he might just be 12... or not all there. Males pose as females and vice versa, and I shouldn't put too much confidence in my ability to gauge.

I'm a little surprised I don't see more about this on TV and in movies. Not that I watch much TV anymore.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-06-13 09:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed very true and very worrying.

A few years ago our then Prime Minister John Howard released a booklet nationwide for the purpose of alerting teenagers to stranger danger on the internet.

I ceased watching TV more than 3 years ago, but yes I certainly agree that there needs to be more publicity on the matter.

On the subject of males pretending to be females, well in a small way there I'm guilty because FurryMuck has ***FINALLY*** set up GG1 as a character there for me. However I'm making it very clear to the other players that I'm a male in real life. I chose GG1 rather than Michael or Sebastian because she's far less vulnerable, as well as not succeptable to yiffing because she's a mechanical construct.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-06-13 09:39 pm (UTC)
I suspect that the gender bending has become less common, tho. Now that the actual online gender disparity is narrowing, males are less likely to slobber over the few female personae, which should mean both fewer males playing females to amuse themselves and fewer females playing males to avoid the slobber.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-06-14 10:56 am (UTC)
Gender bending! *SNERK*

I honestly have no idea. Certainly this was a problem ten years ago, judging by the below strips but whether or not this problem has decreased I really couldn't say. I doubt the internet predators would have eased up though.



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