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Stranger Is Not Always Danger: The Myth and Reality of Meetings with Online Strangers
Stranger Is Not Always Danger: The Myth and Reality of Meetings with Online Strangers

Author(s): Lenka Dedkova
Subject(s): Media studies, Behaviorism, Evaluation research, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: meeting online strangers; cybergrooming; face-to-face meetings;
Summary/Abstract: This chapter deals with the topic of face-to-face meetings with people known only from the internet. First, the popularized picture of online strangers as online pedophiles searching for children on the internet is presented and contradicted to empirical evidence from actual internet-initiated sexual crimes with minors. Next, the chapter focuses on findings from the general population of young internet users and shows the typical meetings with online strangers as an activity which mostly happens among adolescent peers and only in a minority of the cases results in negative outcomes.

  • Page Range: 78-94
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English