Section: Barbara Adams
Global Now: Abstract
Headline: Parents’ Facebook sting helps catch Skagit sex offender
Source: Huffington Post
Two parents fabricated a facebook to prove to their teen daughter that her sex-offender boyfriend was bad news… and they were right? The story goes that their daughter didn’t listen to the parents after they tried to dissuade her from continuing the relationship, so they made a fake Facebook profile pretending to be a 15-year old girl, and soon after was being sent sexually explicit photos and messages from Liam, the sex-offender boyfriend. He was then arrested. It really makes me wonder, how far will you go as a parent? Was what they did in the right and fabricated a crime as well as a fake facebook profile? Even though I’m glad for the daughter and parents that she is “safe”, it still was a bitter story for me to take in because I also consider it a set up in a way. There are other ways to convince and educate her to end the relationship, why like this? What about facebook bringing charges against the parents because they violated their terms of service by making a fictitious account. I find it difficult to praise the parents yet I’m glad Liam will not be posing “danger” to anyone soon.
Global Issue: Safety & Rights
Primary Design Lens: Human Rights
Secondary Design Lens: Human nature and consequences