Re: Scout Names and Pictures on Websites
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 08:11:08 -0400
Doug Adams wrote, in part:
> I'm afraid I don't have much to say in favor of putting
> pictures out on a site when parents asked me "can you guarantee us that
> a pedophile can't get to our children from information you've posted?"
Mmm, I'd probably say something like, "Sure -- as soon as you guarantee
me that a pedophile can't get to the children from a picture in the
paper, or from a visit to the mall, or attending school or church,
or...." Well, I'd probably be a bit more polite, but you get the drift.
> If there are any of you contemplating pictures of cub scout age boys on
> the web, I respectfully ask that parents be able to make an informed
> decision. Let's remember we're in this for their benefit, not ours.
I agree, and would NEVER post a Scout's (or Cub's) picture on a Web site
over the parent's objection. However, "informed" must include the
realization that those who are inclined to harm our children are not
limited to the Internet, and that participation in any life activity has
at least some risk. It is our responsibility to help parents understand
that, with reasonable cautions, posting non-personal information and
pictures to a Web site has significantly fewer risks than almost any
other activity in which the boys could participate.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City