There's some guidance on the Microsoft website targetted at helping both parents and children to blog safely - click here to view it. I'm sure we've all been amazed at how much personal information the average teenager gives out on their blog. The naive idea that posting to their blog is just like talking directly to friends. In my experience human nature leads us all to be trusting by default and cautious as an after thought - particularly online. If you have something interesting to share with close friends then bear in mind that by default ANYONE ELSE ON THE INTERNET could view your post. Perhaps you should set up restricted access to your blog and limit it just for your close friends. Perhaps you should change some of the details (names, locations etc) - your close friends will still know what you mean.
Check out the guidance for more ideas.
I love and respect Microsoft; and I’m not necessarily disagreeing with the advice – but as a parent I prefer getting thorough advice from NON-commercial entities (i.e. iSafe, Kids Project, NetSmartz) There really are plenty of websites that are cool, fun and educational -- that do NOT have advertisements and links to other “commercial” websites (i.e. Disney, MSN). Don’t get me wrong. . .we go to Disneyland twice a month. . .but commercial websites are not an “OK” substitute when it comes to our kids education and safety. Think .ORG instead of .COM My last 2 cents worth: It takes good parenting, PLUS good technology to protect our kids.
Blake> It's nice to see that many Governments are running programmes to raise awareness of how to stay safe online - both for Children and Parents. I'm working on such an activity in the UK as we type.
Please feel free to post links to site you have found useful.
I believe I'm very lax about what I give out, what I don't do is give my details to dodgy sites for instancer password in particular - I am a password criminal (only have about five for different sites and computers- including my webserver-) so really I am insecure on that front, once they've got my password they've got everything.... I am slowly changing them. In my blog (see link) in my first post (on that blog!) I posted about myself, my age, where I go to school... that I'm a boarder. Oddly I feel comfortablea bout doing that, but would never do that for my home address.
I do limit the details and which email address, and home addy I give companies and normal sites.