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April 18, 2005

AOL Monitor Accused of Luring 15-Year-Old for Sex

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Amy's Robot writes "According to the AP, an Internet chat room monitor hired by AOL to keep children safe from sexual predators seduced a California girl online and was about to meet her for sex when he was found out by a co-worker, a lawsuit charges. The incident happened 2 years ago, but has become public this week because the lawsuit was just filed by the girl, now 19. She accuses AOL of failing to supervise the employee and of falsely advertising that its online service was safe for children. Who's watching the watchers?"

Original Story on My Way News

This situation highlights problems we had to deal with on Project Achieve when it ran for Industry Canada as a learning project. It is impossible to provide a safe space. ONe option is to do what Amy did on MOOSECrossing; require everyone to get consent forms filled out and signed. What we chose to do was to record every conversation, and store it in case of complaints. We didn't claim to have a 'safe space' but we did claim to have a space where all communications could be tracked if there was a problem identified.

Posted by jason at April 18, 2005 07:45 AM


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