High Tech Or High Risk : Moral Panics

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As adults, we often think we know what’s best for children and youth. In certain circumstances, this holds true but not all the time. In the case of gender, parents more often than not have strong opinions, especially when it comes to the safety of girls. By looking at gender through the socio-cultural lens, it permits us to view young people in a contextual way that creates moral panics and discourses. According to Justine Cassell and Meg Cramer’s article ‘High Tech or High Risk: Moral Panics about Girls Online’, moral panics about how girls use the web as a means of communication is a case that has existed for many years. Their reasoning attracts parallels between moral panics about girls’ use of social platforms in today’s world, and the moral panics that occurred in the past regarding the girls’ use of the telephone. Cassell and Cramer use these relations to explain that girls who use the internet are not completely as at risk as believed to be and that the alarming discourse concerning girls online has further to do with the parent’s insecurities about the influence of young girls and their loss of control over them than it has to do with exposure to online predators (Cassell & Cramer, 2008, p. 54). As a result of this notion of moral panic causing parents to restrict girls access to the internet for their safety, the authors argue that instead of guarding them away from harm, they are obscuring them away from chances and benefits presented with the access of the web
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