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British Kids Think It's Funny to Impersonate Pedophiles Online

British Kids Think It's Funny to Impersonate Pedophiles Online

Oh, the evolving humor of today's youth: Youngsters have apparently taken to freaking out their friends and classmates by pretending to be online predators! Nine cases in Cornwall were investigated where police suspected that pedophiles on social networking sites like Bebo and MSN were actually fellow classmates of kids who weren't getting along — all around age 10.

This is really par for the course in a time when we're seeing and questioning online bullying — though these cases weren't taken as far as the Megan Meier case or the Kristin Helms case, can we really be surprised that these young kids see new possibilities to tease and torture each other with the Internet?

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Ultress Ultress 8 years
jesus. if i ever have kids, i dunno what i'm gonna do.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Madness
rgerscharm rgerscharm 8 years
Horrible :(
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Just... WTF?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I really loathe bullying of any kind. It truly upsets me when I see people doing it - even kids. And as far as this goes - what the hell is wrong with people?? Why are 9 and 10 year olds social networking online???? I bet the parents aren't even aware of it... sickening.
Kaori Kaori 8 years
LOL. Um. Sorry.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
kids these days!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Weird. I dont get it.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Poor kid in the picture. He probably had no idea..
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Wow, that's scary and disturbing. :( So young to be playing such awful tricks. I'm assuming they must not understand the severity of those jokes, considering how young they are. Also, I'd be reluctant to let my kid use MSN and things like that at that age, anyway.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
It is a little crazy how 10 year olds are social networking online. I usually poke fun at the 'dangers' of the internet, because it is what it leads to in the real world that is the danger... but ultimately I am a huge advocate of keeping your child, once they are say 13 and wanting to go on these sites, in a common area so you can see what they're saying and doing. Make them give you access to see their myspace, so you can make sure they aren't doing anything online you wouldn't want... I know people say it is overprotective, but the myspaces I have seen for little kids have been terrifying...
Advah Advah 8 years
I agree Oscar_baby, why would you let your 10yo use Bebo and MSN?!
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
i live in England, but this is the first I've heard of it. That's absolutely disgusting. Besides, I think that these kids are too young for internet access. In my house, we bought our first computer when I was about 13, and I'm glad of that.
sunnynight sunnynight 8 years
:c
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