Media Analyis of Sex Offenders

INTRODUCTION
      Child sexual predators have been a big issue in the last couple of years. With the introduction of the internet to the public, it opened many new doors of ways for people to have information at their fingertips but it also allowed for persons to get personal information of others and commit new types of crimes. Most of these crimes are of the fraudulent or theft nature. However it began the age of predators finding or seeking out people so as to receive sexual acts. Among the legal, being of age (18 years old or older), meetings there are also the illegal meetings of adults and minors (children of 17 years old and younger).   These properly named predators are going onto online chat rooms such as AOL instant messenger, Adult Friend Finder and Yahoo messenger. These instant messenger sites are ways persons can get in contact with others, such as friends, instead of the telephone. However since there is not a virtual policing force that monitors every single conversation, sometimes the messaging system gets misused.   These predators go into social networking sites such as the afore mentioned, and find kids and use them as targets.   Unsuspecting kids use these sites often to keep up with friends and, on some sites such as Facebook and My Space, are giving out personal information for everyone on the internet to see.   According to Microsoft.com (2009) these predators seduce their victims through attention, affection, kindness and gifts. That is absolutely true in the ten cases that were examined.   Since this wave of predators caught the eyes of many in the public, the media covered it.   In the MSNBC show Dateline, many of today‚Äôs important issues and topics are researched in depth and presented.   On host, Chris Hansen, covers many such news stories. On of his most famous is To Catch a Predator.   This show specifically deals with these online predators.   From its start in 2004 To Catch a Predator has done twelve investigations from outside New York to...