Friday, September 7, 2007

Protect yourself and your family - Online Safety

This issue is close to heart for many reasons - One, I've had a stalker(not creepy but very annoying nonetheless) during my teen ages and that had bothered me in many ways. Second, two of my online friends were troubled by a stranger, who knew their whereabouts from reading the online interaction of my friends in a discussion group.

We blog, comment, write about ourselves pretty freely, mostly with the idea that you are sharing the post with like minded bloggers or moms...which in our mind translates to harmless people. But , in reality, we never know what kind of 'creatures' read our posts. Some of the mommy bloggers had figured out a way to see what brings the readers to their sites and some of the search words are not very nice. So, we have to watch out for the kind of information that we are sharing on our blogs.. It might reveal our/our children's whereabouts which we don't want those unwanted readers to know.

What not to reveal
  • Full names, date of birth, place of birth etc - not yours, not your child's and not anybody else's.
  • Places that you visit frequently... eg: Every Wednesday you goto this xyz park... or every Sunday we attend the Presbyterian church near to this school etc
  • Address and phone numbers of course
  • About an activity that you are planning in recent future - say, a blog meet at starbucks on 3rd street at 3 pm... or a birthday party at chuckycheese on el camino and lawrence at 6 pm.
I could go on, but this list had made my life more easier. It is a list for young children to keep in mind when they talk to strangers online, but most can be relevant to us too. Please read that and pass on to your friends or young kids that you know, who hang out on the net.

7 comments:

Dee said...

Thanks for the very useful inforamtion Kay...

Asha said...

Great info Kay!

mnamma said...

The point that you mentioned are very valid. Will forward it to my friends.

GettingThereNow said...

Really informative!

indosungod said...

Kay, valid and really important information. Never hurts to keep reminding ourselves over and over again.

easycrafts said...

it is a beautiful write up, great going

Rachel said...

Wow that is a very informative list...a lot more people need to get aware of the net and its darker side too!!