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November 01, 2009


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Heck, that's a timely reminder. Children nowadays are pratically born able to use a computer (that makes me sound ancient...). My oldest is only four, but he's already learnt a huge amount in his reception class, and I expect him to overtake me in about two seconds flat. Will now get firewalling and sorting out my Google preferences. Thanks for prod!

Chic Mama

I have to admit to being totally naive on this matter. I have four children using the computer regularly. I will be going straight to that website. Thank you for highlighting this.


Look in to getting some sort of internet filtering / content control software, it will put your mind at rest. You can get some which has a 'green list' which means they can only access site you add to the list or if you want to be able to let them investigate more, you can have a 'red list' type set up which you add sites they can not access (and also the provider bans all sites based on categories such as nudetity, gambling etc etc). It's def'a concern xx


Good information for me as a parent whose kids are getting into the net. Thanks Rose!

Brit in Bosnia

Thanks Rosie. I need to start thinking about this. Mine are a little behind IJ, but if I don't get my head around it now then I'll never work it out. Thanks for the link.


my daughter is sixteen and had messages on face book from a boy who said he was a friend of one of her college mates. I have checked it out and it's legitimate but needed to be looked into. I asked her to delete his details though.

We keep communication open & I tell her if I'm not happy about facebook etc...

umm here am I blogging with total strangers !

Lined to you via MummyMad

Rosie Scribble

angels and urchins, you're welcome, thanks for dropping by.

Chic Mama, it was something I knew very little about too, and it has always made me nervous.

Clare, many thanks indeed. That is something I will certainly check out.

gaelikka, you're very welcome. Thought it was an issue worth highlighting.

Brit in Bosnia, I'm trying to get my head around it now too. Think it may take a while so starting early.

Penny, I suppose you can never be too careful. It is better to be cautious.

Tattie Weasle

Berlimey - it's not something I want to think about at all my boy at 6 is far too young but I fear you are right - ho hum!


Sorry, but as an "information specialist" (what you are when you have a degree in Information Science) I beg to disagree with you because you all fail to mention the most important piece of the puzzle when your children are learning to deal with the world, digital and real:

Talk to them. Surf with them and show them (try it out first, so images not too horrid) what can happen if you type in the wrong thing. Tell them what to do if they happen to do it after all. Teach them not to be timid about sex questions - then they come to you and not to the web (or at least both). Allow them to have a Facebook account (12+ ca.), but insist on being their friend. And when you are, don't embarrass them with untimely comments. And have their Facebook settings on highest degree of privacy.

When they understand the ground rules and why they are there - you might have to be quite graphic about it - then they can surf safely. Ground rules should be to never give phone number to strangers - thus not ever displaying it on Facebook or similar places. To not post physical address and to never, never meet people you don't know alone. If there's a good reason to meet someone - from Twitter we know how you can "meet" people in Yorkshire or Scotland and desperately want to meet them IRL - then meet with other real-life friends and in a public place.

Too many unexplained and rigorous restrictions will only lead to secrecy and lies.

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