Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

Internet Parenting

By Bob Sullivan MSNBC

Many safety guides for children using the Net read as if they were written by Robert Fulghum. Everything I ever needed to know to stay safe in the virtual world, I learned in the real world. Don't go scary places by yourself. If someone is making you uncomfortable, just leave, and tell your parents. Don't look at pornographic pictures, and you won't have to worry about them. But most important _ don't talk to strangers, and never give them personal information. Unfortunately, it's not that simple

IF IT WERE SIMPLE, you can bet that earlier this month there wouldn't have been 100 alleged pedophiles arrested and tens of thousands of pictures of children _ as young as 2 years old _ seized. See the MSNBC story. It's not simple because strangers online are hard to identify, since the Net is the land of make-believe. And just as kids are often better than their parents at playing make believe, they're often better at keeping up with technology, too.