Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oprah hosts Canadian cop to give Internet safety tips

Today, April 15, Oprah Winfrey hosted a show on Internet safety for kids (to put it mildly), and she has a link “4 Online Safety Tips for Parents”, here, from Rob Nickel from the Ontario provincial police.

She stresses that (1) it can happen to anyone, particularly “good kids” who are trusting (2) know the grooming process (3) don’t put pictures of your kids on public areas of the Internet (without privacy settings), and don’t let them do it, until they are “really” old enough and their “fame” is “legitimate” (yes, being in a school play or on a football team is probably legitimate) and (4) install safety software.

Nickel’s choices for filtering and blocking are Razzui and NetNanny, and for monitoring they are McGruff and Spector Pro.

Oprah also interviewed Adam Walsh, from America’s most wanted.

The show opened with a parent recounting a tragedy, a teen’s suicide after involvement with a predator. The parent said she had actually suspended computer privileges at home for five months, and that the computer had always been in a public place. It is difficult for many families to use the Internet with the “freedom” (and sometimes productivity) of single adults.

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