Moreover, while I don't deny the undoubtedly insightful value that your personal experience has brought you, we cannot pretend that anecdotal experiences are equivalent to empirical research based on statistical analysis of large data sets, simply because of the nature of the widely varying spectrum of human experiences and behaviors. For a quick analysis based on integration of several sources, I'd refer to sociologist Mike Males's Internet Safer for Kids than Church.
But knowing the role of the media in tabloidism and reckless sensationalization of certain stories, it doesn't surprise me to see empirical research simply rejected by the mass majority of people who choose to watch To Catch A Predator instead.Projected from their random sample to the 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, the authors estimated perhaps 25 violent sex crimes against youths from online predators every year. By contrast, the 2006 Child Maltreatment study reports over 80,000 violent crimes, including 35,000 sex crimes, against teens age 12-17 every year perpetrated by their parents or caretakers. The dangers teens encounter online in a year are equal to about 6 hours of the danger they experience at home with their parents. Of course, many crimes against youth by internet predators no doubt go unreported, but so do most household crimes.