This story is full of all kinds of malarckey and tom foolery.
First off, lets start with "internet safety classes." This is ridiculous. There is absolutely no training that can prepare somebody for chat rooms. Or wait, there is. It's called up-bringing. How a child is raised. To Tim, if a child has "crap parents", talking to a scum bag on the internet is probably the least of their troubles. What needs to happen is, parents need to stop letting their children run wild and put some discipline down. What the hell are children doing in a chat room anyways? Theres no viable reason for it, except that parents don't care. Classes taught to children won't solve that problem.
Second, lets talk about these "internet stings" where people lure "predators" into what basically amounts to out-right entrapment. Most males, if out on the street and hit on by any sort of attractive girl/woman in an overtly sexual way - then invited back to a place to have sex - would indeed take that opportunity. If they are shown pictures of shapeless boards with braces and baby fat faces - then yes they are probably pedo.
case and point,
the other day I'm watching a popular TV show, cant quite remember the name...
anyway teen 'superstar' Hillary Duff comes on to do her performance, AND SHES DAMN NEAR NAKED. what clothes she does have on isn't exactly prude material either. She dances suggestively, while singing a suggestive song, with background dancers dancing "suggesting." And this is nothing new. It's been going on for as long as entertainment has been around. It is in no way un-natural for the male population to be attracted to well shaped female members of the population, regardless of age.
link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGG3FEx0ZVU
so ya, america needs to start rethinking policies in general, this isnt even close to the same country it was 50 years ago in terms of freedom. Not that I was alive then, but the point remains.