n. The baseless and exaggerated fear that the Internet and current social trends are having negative effects on children.
And yet the overall rates of child sex crimes and of teen sex are down since the 1990s, as are juvenile crime, school violence and teen fighting. David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, calls this distance between anxiety and reality ''juvenoia'' and chalks it up to an ''exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on children.''
Is the internet really an amplifier for youth deviance, bad behavior, and risk? Or is it just the opposite? Are we simply applying age-old paranoia about youth (juvenoia) to the newest technology and coming to all the wrong conclusions?
Juvenoia: Exaggerated anxiety about the influence of social change on children and youth.
Here's the speech where David Finkelhor coins juvenoia (about 27:40 in):
The Internet, Youth Deviance and the Problem of Juvenoia from Crimes against Children Research on Vimeo.