Internet safety - How To
By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES Visitors to almost every major website are tracked online, a Journal investigation has found. But there are ways to limit the snooping.
The Birds and the Bees Beth Blecherman has a frank take on parenting in a digital age. “Internet safety is the new sex talk,” said the Silicon Valley-based founder of parenting blog TechMamas.com. In other words, trying to enforce a childhood without technology is like expecting a teenager not to have hormones. But unlike a sex talk, the technology talk isn’t a one-time laying down of the law, but a series of rules negotiated as kids become more mature.
David Perry is Global Director of Education for Trend Micro , where he represents the company's Internet security awareness endeavors as a leading authority on computer virus prevention. For ongoing updates on the latest threats, check out the Trend Micro microsite . The social web is not just a model of our world, but an indelible and growing part of it. People correspond, they do business, and just like in the real world, they have addresses, and mailboxes.
The Facebook news in the US today was its new expanded Safety Center . The news in Britain was that Facebook "STILL refuses to install [a] 'panic button'" on its pages, as the UK's Daily Mail put it . However, Facebook also announced today that its UK users will "now be able to report unwanted or suspicious contact directly to CEOP [the UK's Child Exploitation & Online Protection Center ] and other leading safety and child protection organizations via its own reporting system," as CNN reported , so CEOP has come very close to getting its wish. But this "panic button" concept is really problematic – and not just because of the word "panic," which suggests brains in crisis mode, with all rational thought switched off. Here's why it's problematic: A single reporting mechanism doesn't cut it .
This week, Facebook introduced the “open graph,” a giant expansion of the “social graph” concept on which Facebook is built. The word “open” alone should be a tip-off that there are significant new privacy issues to weigh. In the open graph, Facebook sees us as connected not just to other people – our friends — on Facebook, but to myriad things all over the Web.
I spend A LOT of time at my computer and most of that time I am online either working, exploring, connecting or researching. I watch TV online, play games, share photos and run a business almost exclusively online. I connect on my desktop, my laptop and my iPhone. I am one wired mom so I feel confident that I can help my kids safely explore the internet and learn about its pitfalls and risks. However, many moms are not like me and don't have a sense of where the boundaries should be.