Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Keeping kids safe on social sites

C|Net : Keeping kids safe on social sites

To answer some of the more common questions about social networks and blog safety, CNET News.com talked to an expert. Larry Magid launched the site Blogsafety, a social network for parents, with partner Anne Collier, and he authored the forthcoming book "MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely," which will hit bookstores Aug. 2.

Questions include:
  • Should parents be worried about kids who keep blogs and profiles on MySpace or other social networks? If so, what are the legitimate things to think about?
  • Does material a child posts to a blog or social network stay on the Internet forever? If so, what can parents do about it?
  • Can parents force MySpace or another social network to ban a child from the network?
  • What kinds of kids are vulnerable on the Internet?
  • When should parents consider software-filtering tools to block unsavory Web sites?
  • What are the upsides to social networks?

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