The work focuses on moral panics about girls in an online environment. Tartari (2016) argues that such moral panic scenarios are not exactly new. A recurring theme of moral panic to protect children or the vulnerable people in society has long existed. Contemporary communication might be challenging equality and equity. “Vulnerable (usually young) women, unaware of the dangers of a new technology, fall victim to harassment and assault from sexual predators lurking on the wire. This same story was told about the telegraph and the telephone, and today it is being told about the internet and social networking sites like MySpace.
In each case, unfortunately, the myth of girls’ vulnerability online has unfortunate consequences, because it may result in positioning girls as disempowered with respect to technology” (Cassell & Cramer, 2008, p.70). The research of Tartari (2016) is hence interesting as it shows how technology could have resulted in slights to the feminine population, but then the research exposes that more than technology, it is the environment of the girl child that is to blame.
The research is interesting in the understanding of moral panics because of how it shows technology being unduly discredited for some concerns. Some issues under consideration with respect to the woman has always existed. When a new communication technology is introduced, people are often fearful of how it would impact on their families. They are more worried on the form of effect it will have on the girl child. The restrictive social sphere extends into the modern communication sphere, and technology cannot be held a culprit here.
The work is a presentation of many of the urban legends that have existed with respect to moral panics. It touch bases on the elements of working class females and how issues were raised with them in the pat. It presents issues of the child, child pornography and more. Internet radicalization of murders and the issues faced by the child, such as loss of childhood because of overprotection are presented.