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Old 08-March-2006, 02:53
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I think your missing the point here Vic! It's the parents who are lacking in knowlege what their children get up to on the net. We know teens will be teens. But what once used to be behind a bike shed and a bit of bragging with your mates, has progressed to a far far greater audience.
I think you do todays children a discredit saying they can't distinguish between reality and fantasy and that's what leads them to be killers.
Were not talking about a yoing girl walking down the sreet here, that only those in the vicinity will see are we?
We're talking about a teen girl having her pic taken and then put on the internate by the person who himself is a teen.
A place where thousands can view what he has put up there.
The odds of one indiscrete pic being found is nil? Errrrrrrm not for me it wasn't. It wasn't just one pic either!
Remember the girl is inder 16. She's in fact 14. She isn't a naturist. So wasn't sitting there innocently. She was flashing, at the request of another teen. As far as I am aware the law has been broken displaying them on the internet.
There's no overkill here. Not with me anyway. Parents need to have a better idea of the internet and computers so they and their children can be safe!
Simple.
I phoned the paper again yesterday, and guess what? No answer
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Old 08-March-2006, 14:59
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<snip> Parents need to have a better idea of the internet and computers so they and their children can be safe!<snip>
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Agreed absolutely but one must always appear to be supporting your kids rather than taking negative action that might seriously affect their peer relationships.

I would suggest that the older kids will always try to be one ahead of inquisitive adults.

Maybe what went on behind the bikesheds of our era was then more harmful to a girls reputation than flashing a boob is today.

True there were worries about pregnancies and VD but this did not stop behind the bikesheds activities. The real life risks of STD's including HIV and Hepatitis make the internet relatively safe in comparison with virtuality.

It is a relatively small risk for our children to be drawn into child porno rings (but no so for the unfortunates of other Countries). My feeling is the focus should be on eliminating this abusive trade and much more severe penalties and action taken against the perpetrators who film and distribute the media.
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Old 08-March-2006, 16:26
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The key here is 'Education' not 'restriction'. If you ban your kids from using MSN they will just send the same images from their MMS capable camera phone... The harder you come down on them the further underground they'll go.
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Old 08-March-2006, 17:13
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Education for us all, the technology is getting between the ages.

A part of this that saddens me is the concentration on the negative aspects of so much of the internet, we are in danger of turning what could be one of the most uniting parts of the modern world to a caricature of seedy danger.

The media feeds on fear and distrust. I went into a cafe the other day and a kid, for whatever reason (normally the bike gear) gave me this big grin and I without thinking smiled back, suddenly I was struck by the thought "I should not have done that!" what is the world coming too when it is near illegal to return a grin due to the fear of being misunderstood.

Most kids are going to grow up safe and well adjusted, the ones who will really thrive are surely the ones who are trusted by their parents and trust in return?
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Old 08-March-2006, 19:44
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What a pleasant day of agreement - this time with StuC

Agree we must look at the advantages of the Internet......

OUr school had only a few basic textbooks most of which were old and matched their authors who were employed for their academic qualifications and publishing record regardless of their teaching ability!

One had to plan ahead to reserve the few modern textbooks from the library and even reference libraries did not have books on advanced sciences.

Nowdays, using intelligent searches, kids have access to the latest information on almost any topic and so many youngsters are skilled at sorting the wheat from the chaff.

All this material is free (except for those who pay the AOL subs!) and stressing the evils of the internet will play into the hands of those who would like to control and price this information currently available free of charge.
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Hi fokes.
I contacted the local paper last week, and they ran something concerning parents having to become more aware of what our children are up to online.
They enlisted the help of a network administrator outlining things they could do, to help them keep an eye on their children.
The headline was "What are our local children doing online" No names were mentioned and there won't be any comeback on me either.
Thanks for your advice. There was so much of it my head was spinning
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Hi fokes.
I contacted the local paper last week, and they ran something concerning parents having to become more aware of what our children are up to online.
They enlisted the help of a network administrator outlining things they could do, to help them keep an eye on their children.
The headline was "What are our local children doing online" No names were mentioned and there won't be any comeback on me either.
Thanks for your advice. There was so much of it my head was spinning
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Old 14-March-2006, 14:34
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It's the other side of the coin here, 4 lads all between 15 and 22. Flippin MSN is always left on and dinging away. I spend more time answering messages for them than I do using it myself.

I guess if they were younger it would be of concern to me but now it's just a bloomin nuisance.
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