Folks — This new “Operation Predator” app is really revolting to me and I am not even sure why I’m so certain it’s a terrible idea. I guess because it is so out of the blue (was anyone clamoring for this?). And because it acts as if predators and child pornographers are common and ubiquitous, when they are neither. By acting that way, it re-enforces the idea that no kids are ever safe, especially outside, as it seems we’re living in such depraved times. That makes parents even MORE reluctant to send their kids outside, thus further eroding an independent, neighborhood-roaming childhood.
And then there’s the fact that anyone can report anyone else as “suspicious,” which means any of us could be “turned in” anytime someone either suspected us OR wanted to make our lives a living hell. Doesn’t the government have more important things to do like…uh…govern? - L.
I’d like to report a suspicious app.