Internet Safety and Security | Age Verification Programs Miss the Mark
Recently, there has been a media blitz regarding age verification technologies preventing sexual predators from using social networking sites like MySpace or FaceBook. At first glance parents may be pacified by the hope that a single technology solution will significantly reduce their child's risk online. The reality is that if parents and policy makers focus solely on social networking sites, or any single technology solution, then the mark for real Internet safety is missed: by a mile.
My goal as a parent is to have my child become an ethical, responsible and resilient cybercitizen. Age verification will not help me do this. Here is why: