Is it right..

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by TheWr0ngChild, Sep 30, 2008.

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  1. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    For websites aimed at children and teenagers to give the option to insert full home addresses and phone numbers?

    Even facebook has the option to display phone numbers on public pages.

    Should this not be discouraged in this day and age?
     
  2. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    With the amount of people harming children via internet I think that sites should know not to allow the option to add address and phone numbers. I know alot of sites they do it just to verify information and for the most part it's not made public, but their are the few sites that do allow such things to be shown. Site creators should know the vulnerabilities of children and should not target that age group. They also shouldn't allow the posting of information that could potentially put them in harms way.
     
  3. Random

    Random Well-Known Member

    I don't think young children belong on the internet in the first place. It makes about as much sense as letting them into a bar.

    Teenagers are somewhat better equipped with common sense so they're not so much of a worry. They're more likely to get into trouble in the real world than they are to fall into the clutches of some cyber villain.
     
  4. Robin

    Robin Guest

    Kids are sponges for knowledge and there is a plethora of knowledge on the internet, it makes sense that kids, even if they need to be supervised, need access to the web.
     
  5. anonymous51

    anonymous51 Staff Alumni

    Social sites like bebo and myspace are funded by advertisment and sponsers. ringtone companies give money to myspace, and myspace gives email addresses of their users to the companies. Thats how junk mail comes, by websites giving your personal information away to internet businesses.
     
  6. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    I think parents also pay a part in keeping kids safe online. There is no excuse these days with all the parental controls you can use to restrict sites and even words.

    Keeping up to date with the anti virus also makes sure nobody can take control of the PC with a trojan virus and manipulate children or disable things that way.

    I was allowed online from a very young age, supervised of course and mum was always very informative on the "taboo" issues such as predators and sex sites. So I pretty much knew what never to give out.
     
  7. Eric

    Eric Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, there are also vast amounts of things that children shouldn't be exposed to.

    In spite of that, I think kids over 12 should be able to go online. I'm not sure when my parents allowed me to use the Internet. I think I was 14 (main reason why they didn't want me to use the Internet was because of porn apparently?) when we first had Internet in our house.

    There are, as mentioned by Tin Woman, programs that restrict the sites that kids can visit. Parents have the responsibility to teach kids how to surf safely. My dad always told me never to give my address and phone online, and to this day, I still haven't because I'm aware of the consequences.
     
  8. Random

    Random Well-Known Member

    Where I live, eight year olds don't drive cars just because there are lots of interesting places to go. Driving is very helpful and convenient but it also carries a lot of risk. We make them wait until they're mature enough to at least grasp the basics. I don't see why the internet should be any different.

    Being supervised is helpful but apparently, a lot of young children are running wild unsupervised. In other words, supervision isn't required and disconcertingly, probably often isn't used.

    Most people who had any common sense wouldn't put their full name, phone number and address (along with any and all other personal information) on a web page for all to see. I had a conversation with a gentleman who didn't see the harm in that.

    Putting that kind of information out there is stupid even for an adult. You never know why someone would be looking for it or how they would use it. Kids (being kids) probably don't realize the full gravity of it.
     
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  9. Spikey

    Spikey Senior Member

    It shouldn't be allowed. Social networking sites that kids are on should have a setting for children. In this day and age, allowing a 12 year old to put full home details on the internet is just simply not safe.
     
  10. anonymous51

    anonymous51 Staff Alumni

    It may be wrong to ask for phonenumbers etc on these sites, but ultimatley, its up to the parents to educate their kids. Ive been using computers since before I can remember, my dad works with computers so he taught me how to use the internet safley so that I wouldnt mess up the computer with viruses etc.

    Making basic IT part of the school curriculum would be a massive step in educating kids on internet protocol imo.
     
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