Two short weeks ago, during my weekly emuna lesson Where's Moishie, I warned parents of the dangers of cyberspace. Among other things, I said, "We implore parents to take an active interest – and control – over what their children are doing, online and elsewhere...cyberspace is a dangerous place."
Yesterday, Major-General Moti Aderi, of the National Fraud Unit of the Israeli Police said almost word for word the same thing. An undercover policewoman, posing as a twelve-year old, exposed an online pedophile ring here in Israel. Over 30 seemingly "upright" citizens have been arrested. The policewoman said: "I knew that pedophiles operated online, but I was shocked by how extensive it was," she said. "I told them I was 12 and that I was shy, but it didn’t even deter them. They went to great lengths to try to get me to meet with them. The conversations were very sexual in nature. It was appalling."
Do you what your children are doing right now? It's your duty as a parent. You wouldn't let your kids walk down the street in Gaza. Why let them be exposed to the dangers of cyberspace?