Last edited by me123; 13-08-2010 at 01:25 AM.
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Even though I have spent years of my life teaching relatively non-technical people how to use their computers I am still surprised that any otherwise sensible person is willing to divulge the personal information often seen on forum/social networking sites. I used to ask my learners if they would walk out into the street and give their phone number/email address/front door key to someone they had no way of knowing. Their response was often 'Of course not', yet these same people are happy to give personal info away on a public website. I know a few 'paranoid' IT folk who make a big deal out of personal identity theft and sadly, they do have a point. The recent posts on AFL and Adelaide's shortcomings are prime examples of how you really don't know who you are talking to online and how an apparent online 'friend' is only as he/she chooses to appear.
Please people, use some discretion and apply the same sense of personal security to your online dealings as you would in your offline life.
I think this is particularly important when it comes to details about kids. Sometimes I shrink inside when I see people posting on an open forum about which school/class their child is in, with teacher/year group etc. I used to have my kids names and ages in my signature, till I thought a bit about it and took it off. Lots of the site can be browsed by non-members and it's a scary world out there sometimes!
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
How will the site address this problem?
this is a tricky one surely, as there's been plenty of meets advertised on here which some of us attend on our own, how do we know we are not going to meet nutters, we don't!!.. perhaps we are the sad ones trying to make friends with people from an internet site that are infact total strangers, lets face it we are doing exactly what we tell our children not to do.
And I often see people posting their having bbq's and saying pm them for address, and there's a lot of you on here quite happy to go, and then say people are publishing too much information................
Dammed if you and dammed if you don't I think
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Yes Diane, I agree,
"I think this is particularly important when it comes to details about kids. Sometimes I shrink inside when I see people posting on an open forum about which school/class their child is in, with teacher/year group etc. I used to have my kids names and ages in my signature, till I thought a bit about it and took it off. Lots of the site can be browsed by non-members and it's a scary world out there sometimes!"
...and too many people don't understand the dangers of having their kids' pictures in their posts. A lot is said in the media about kids on Facebook etc sharing information that can help those prone to 'grooming' children, yet their parents are sometimes regrettably much more naive. I know we all like to think of this forum (or any other social networking site) as a 'friendly' place but think about it...would you post photos of your kids, their ages, names and which school they go to in the window of the local shop? As Diane says, the site is public and any potential groomer can see what you post on here as well as all the lovely people that offer help and advice to the rest of us. Please parents, wise up...
Last edited by WhatNow?; 13-08-2010 at 01:14 AM.
Some people are just completely thick.