"This user's general privacy restrictions prevent you from viewing their profile. You have not been blocked specifically."

When I'm wandering around the site and I get one of these messages, I can't help but think that I did something wrong.

Like it's a bad thing that I wanted to look at someone's profile who happens to be under 18.

I completely understand the reasoning behind it: to protect kids from predators. I would never solicit someone for sex on here, or anything remotely close to that. But I can't shake the feeling that they are being protected from me, that I'm some kind of monster.

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5 Responses May 4, 2008

I couldn't agree more. I've read some heartwrenching stories from young people and occasionally would like to respond to them more personally. I do get that there are sexual predators out there who might use this as a way to reach vulnerable kids, I wish there was a better way to be able to chat with the wonderful young people who are writing on here.

The video is a clip from Dateline NBC's show "To Catch A Predator." It's the modern-day witch-hunt! They use "decoys" to catch these schmucks who wanna bone young girls (or boys), film them when they show up at the house, and then arrest them. You'll haven't heard about this? What's on TV tonight? Humiliation to the point of suicide! Read about THAT here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/opinion/10mon4.html

As a former youth councillor , I understand were EP is coming from when they block adults visiting youth profiles . Youth get easily attached to adults and can be easily be manipulated . Deviant youth can trump up interference claims against you , so best to stay away unless your train to deal with them .

I personally.. don't want the younger ones.. trying to personaly identify with my stories...

If you know you haven't done anything wrong, why do you feel guilty? Think about it.