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February 24, 2005
FBI warns against teen blogs
Not content to let their British counterparts warn alone against the dangers that blogging presents children and teens, the FBI in Little Rock has joined in the fun.
According to a report at KTHV Little Rock, the FBI is warning against posting personal information on blogs after 23-year-old Louisiana man was arrested for kidnapping a girl he met through a Xanga blog.
Bill Temple, special agent in charge of the Little Rock FBI says, "We have made numerous arrests, convicted people that have gotten on the Internet pretending to be teenagers and meeting for sexual purposes."
Temple says one in five kids every year is contacted by a predator. He is surprised at the amount of personal information kids are posting in blogs.
Temple says, "The Internet is a wonderful thing for educational purposes and a lot of other things, but it's open to everyone and we live in a dangerous world where not everyone has good intentions."
The FBI apparently has many tips for parents when it comes to Internet safety and never let your kids post pictures of themselves. Never let them give out personal information
Is the issue the technology or the lack of supervision many parents give to their teens online activities? There is no doubt that children and teens should exercise care when releasing personal information in any forum, not just online. But my experience is that in initial contacts very little information is given, it is only as relationships grow that more information is passed. This is the same process that adults use in building relationships.
One giant question that underlays this issue is one of prevalence. Studies including UK Children Go Online show that children are approached online with access to materials and offers for encounters that most adults would find inappropriate. However what I would like to see addressed in a study is who are the people making the offers and providing the materials? There is a colloquial impression, fuild by the media, that all of these are pedophilia issues. In my experience much of these issues are created by older children/teens approaching younger children/teens. The routes for handing the two issues are quite different and need detailed investigation.
Posted by prolurkr at February 24, 2005 08:47 AM
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