Re: Scout Names on the Internet
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 17:28:14 -0600
I will weigh in on the opposite end from most of the people so far, as I
do not see that adding names of boys to the troop website is all that
dangerous. I think that a pedophile would be much more likely to check
out local newspapers (which feature scout troops and sports teams) than
to browse and happen upon a website and decide to approach a scout.
Especially if the person is at all familiar with the YP instruction
available to scouts. Theoretically, anyone who gets Scout is supposed
to have discussed the Child/Drug Abuse pamphelet with a parent/guardian,
so they should all have some skills for dealing with people who approach
them. Many will have also watched the BSA videos. I wouldn't think
that BSA troops would be worth the risk for most pedophiles.
Also, I haven't heard yet of any cases of boys being approached due to
having their names on a web page. While the potential is there, I see
it as a low threat. There are real problems out there without conjuring
up new ones. Also, simply making sure that all of the boys in the troop
know what to do if approached will cover this problem (and the local
newspapers and any number of other ways names can be gotten).
As a practical matter, I would probably either put things like phone
lists behind a password or not put it up, as I don't need yet another
way for people trying to sell me things to get my number. But that is
hypothetical, since as of now I have enough things to do without
bothering with a troop webpage.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City