Anonymous quickie was one of the hottest search terms on Google on Jan. 6th. 2010. The date also coincides with the broadcast a Law and Order episode with the same title. So, what is anonymous quickie anyway?
In the episode it is a web based service to match locals, using the cell phone geo-targeting technology, for casual sex dates without knowing more about one another. Just pleasure, nothing attached.
The dramatic increase in search volume for the term is an alarming sign that a disaster is about to happen, or is already happening. It either indicates that tons of people are interested in such service, or that people have been warned by the episode and want to make sure their kids are safe online.
The tragic fact is that anonymous-quickie-type of service already exists in a web-based form. Some websites are specialized in local adult dating, other are specialized in matching cheating spouses.
The other tragic fact is that there is no way to verify the subscribers information. You sign up and fill the form with the information you want others to know about you, and you can fake anything, including your age. What goes on you also goes on curious teenagers (like the one in the episode who was the victim of abuse and murder).
The Internet community is a reflection to the worst in reality. Anonymously, people can be their worst online hidden behind their avatar or screen name. This is a real danger that our kids are facing online. Unless we do something about it there could be more and more of the anonymous-quickie-like victims.
The good news is that most of the schools monitor keylogs of their entire network. It doesn’t prevent the danger, but it makes it trackable. This will make it less likely to happen through the school network if some one is really after our kids.
Our responsibility is our home networks. Try installing a piece of software that monitors the internet usage of your kids, either with or without them being aware of it.