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Number of Media Stories on Internet Problems by Year Media Portrayal of MySpace and Internet Dangers: An Archival Study By: Larry Rosen, Ph.D., Scott Mariano,

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1 Number of Media Stories on Internet Problems by Year Media Portrayal of MySpace and Internet Dangers: An Archival Study By: Larry Rosen, Ph.D., Scott Mariano, Helen Gutierrez, and Saira Rab By: Larry Rosen, Ph.D., Scott Mariano, Helen Gutierrez, and Saira Rab Are Teens Really in Danger on the Internet? 8% to 15% of teens report unwanted sexual solicitation (Rosen et al., 2008; Wolak et al., 2006). 90% to 94% are by peers, not adults (Internet Safety Technical Task Force Final Report, 2008). 90%+ react “appropriately” and are not upset by the experience (Rosen et al., 2008). 8% to 9% of sampled teens report being harassed online; 90%+ react appropriately and are not upset by the harassment (Rosen et al., 2008; Wolak et al., 2006). 14% of sampled teens report being exposed to sexual material they did not want to see (Rosen et al., 2008). Methodology Results This archival study shows that the media has portrayed the Internet and MySpace negatively, focusing on issues of online dangers and continues to do so in spite of data showing those dangers are small AND mostly done by peers AND are handled appropriately AND do not upset the teens. The print media appear to be slightly reducing their negative articles while television news stories are increasing. The “moral panic” about online dangers has been stimulated by television shows such as Dateline’s To Catch a Predator and national print and television news stories about tragedies such as the Megan Meier suicide. Newspapers Television An archival search was done on websites of the top 20 newspapers, TV networks, and magazines (based on circulation). Starting with the year 2003 (first year of MySpace) through the end of 2008. The searches were done using the keywords MySpace/Internet Sex, MySpace/Internet Porn, MySpace/Internet Cyberbullying, MySpace/Internet Harassment, and MySpace/Internet Addiction. The resulting articles and news stories were then tallied and are presented to the right by the four problem areas (sex, porn, cyber- bullying, addiction) and then separately for MySpace and the Internet dangers. The number of articles and stories were nearly nonexistent from 2003 through the year 2005. In the year 2006, there was a large increase in the number of articles that dealt with Internet and MySpace dangers which continued to rise over the succeeding years. For the first half of 2008, newspaper articles on Internet and MySpace dangers began to decline slowly while television station stories on MySpace dangers are still increasing throughout 2008 and magazine articles are leveling off. Magazines Background Research: Parental Concerns About MySpace (Rosen, Cheever, & Carrier, 2008) 63% of parents feel that there are quiet a “few sexual predators” on MySpace. 46% of teens claim that there are “only some, but not to many” sexual predators on MySpace. --------------------------------------------- 43% of parents believe that “media is accurate” in their reporting of sexual predators. 59% of teens believe that media coverage on sexual predators is “overblown.” --------------------------------------------- 83% of parents are somewhat or very concerned about sexual predators compared to 35% of their children. Discussion


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