Re: Scout Names on Websites?
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 00:31:37 -0400
I do not think there is any significant danger in placing Scout names on a web
page. The reason for doing so is simple courtesy (A Scout is Courteous and we
teach Scouts to introduce themselves) and the joy that Scouts can get from
seeing there name in lights/print.
I've been told in YP training that a Scout is far more likely to be abused by
his parents, teachers, Scout leaders, or someone he knows than by a complete
stranger. It simply because they know him, they're close, and they're in a
position of leadership and power over the Scout. People on the net, no matter
how unsavory a few are, are not likely to be in this position. Knowing a Scout's
name is simply not a significant problem. There are greater dangers in the
typical public restroom, but somehow we teach the Scouts how to deal with it.
That's not to say that some Scout will not be harmed via a web page connection
some day, but to my knowledge it hasn't ever happened (I've asked on this list)
and is not likely to happen often. Alan Houser cited the one response from that
I too received (it may have been a public response). As I remember the post,
Alan, the pedophile that was referred to not only did not use a web site, but
did not use a computer or the internet at all. I no longer have the post, and my
memory is not the best. I inquired for more information at the time but got no
Let me ask the question again. Does anyone on this list personally know of an
instance where a Scout was harmed in any way by someone they did not know via
the internet, BBS, or other information service? If so, please share the
circumstances with us.
IMO, teaching our kids to fear a major part of their future, the internet, in
not wise. Let's get over our fear of the dark and try not to teach it to our
youth. IMO, paranoia is simply not healthy. Let's find out what the facts are
and deal with that.
In a related matter, Francois Faguy wrote about a recent JOTI incident where
someone crashed the party on the #scouting IRC channel with some extremely rude
behavior and language. He said there was no operator to kick the intruder out.
This seems like a failure in leadership. Where our troop used to meet at a
Salvation Army Corps in the inner city people would walk every week or two just
looking around and had to escorted out if they had no legitimate business there.
Maybe we need a virtual one-deep or two-deep leadership rule.
Your mileage may vary.
Bob Myers, CM, Troop 3, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City