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Old 05-08-2014, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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Hmmmm video chat between older men and young girls/ boys. Think I read about that. So if the 70 year old guy happens to be in Brazil do they hook up and really learn the language ? Don't they have a program like that in Thailand?
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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This is, I think, the 3rd post linking to this story. Heartwarming, as long as the contacts are closely monitored. Otherwise, not so much.

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Hmmmm video chat between older men and young girls/ boys. Think I read about that. So if the 70 year old guy happens to be in Brazil do they hook up and really learn the language ? Don't they have a program like that in Thailand?
My knee-jerk reaction was ~hey, I could hook up with a kid in Central America and update my rusty Spanish~. Then I was over it. Even without any sexually perverse undertones, I realized I reeked of exploitation.

Color me cynical, but I'm not sure "lonely elderly Americans" and "Brazilian kids practicing English" are an idea whose time has come.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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Wow, some cynical people here.
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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Wow, some cynical people here.
Just realistic that exploitation exists and doors left open are what pedophiles look to exploit. Program could be good and participants not always.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Waterville
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Wow, some cynical people here.

!!! Did these people view the same video that I did? It's really odd the sorts of stories that bring out that cynical reaction from C-D'ers. Or a knee-jerk tendency to interpret statements to reflect poorly on the OP. Usually because of a failure to compensate for a posters less-than-perfect composition. Tough crowd.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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!!! Did these people view the same video that I did? It's really odd the sorts of stories that bring out that cynical reaction from C-D'ers. Or a knee-jerk tendency to interpret statements to reflect poorly on the OP. Usually because of a failure to compensate for a posters less-than-perfect composition. Tough crowd.
I understand your point, however have you ever had the opportunity to work with those trying to catch and stop pedophiles? It is amazing how opportunistic they can become. The program is good but perhaps in the process it crosses over the best practice line to prevent abuse. It is well supervised but it still goes against never befriending over adults on line.
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