Thursday, October 25, 2007

UK Police Go Online To Warn Kids Of Social Website Dangers

UK police launched a website on Tuesday to warn children as young as eight about the dangers of putting their personal details on social networking sites such as MySpace and Bebo.

The site — THINKUKNOW CYBER CAFÉ — has an online cafe where children can learn about the dangers of revealing too much about themselves online. It warns them not to give away their real name, full address and mobile phone number and to think twice before posting their pictures.

The child exploitation and online protection centre, a police agency set up to tackle child sex abuse, said it receives about 10 reports each month relating to children aged between eight and 11.

"We want children to use the Internet," said CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble," but we want them to do it in a way that safeguards their time in the virtual world." (Times Of India)
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Blogger kittykat46 said...

Basic lesson both for kids and adults - any personal information you post on-line can be retrieved.
Even supposedly secure sites like banks and credit card companies have been penetrated before.

With a bit of skilled work with search engines and specific web-sites, various bits of personal information a person may have given away in different web-sites, blogs and at different times can be consolidated and cross-referenced.

Many people who often post on-line would be surprised at how much information can be picked out about themselves.

I know a person who was shocked when an on-line contact was able to tell her exactly how she looked like. The contact had never met her before, and she had never posted her picture on-line, but someone else had posted a group photo in Flickr, mentioning her nickname.

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