Canada turns cameras on Internet predators

Both the video and print portions of this Predator Watch campaign from Canada use striking visuals to put adults who trawl the Web for teens and kids on notice. The print, which you can see at Adland, is especially unsettling. Still, would hard-core online stalkers be dissuaded for long by seeing kids' portraits plastered on the faces of undercover officers? The TV spot might be more persuasive, as it turns the tables on a perp and broadcasts his crime across the Internet for all to see. Stripping away his anonymity seems a stronger deterrent. Why warn predators at all? One could argue that if a single stalker (or wannabe) sees the work, thinks twice, powers down and seeks help, that's more than enough.

—Posted by David Gianatasio