One of my coworkers has a 16 year old niece who has a blog on the internet. The
Niece had put enough personal information on her blog that a two time sex
offender was able to locate her, lure her out of her home in the middle of the
night and take her accross state lines. Luckily the police were
able to locate them based on the girl texting from her pocket. In the back of
the truck was a duffle bag with plastic bags, duck tape a butcher knife and a
hatchet. The only other item in the back of the truck was a shovel.Thanks to california law this man is on his third strike. Parents should
never let there children post any personal information or photos for the hundred
of thousands of sexual preditors there are in this country. It should be a
crime for a parent to put or allow thier children to put this information on sex
offenders favorite toy.
For Free Speech to be really Free then you should be able to Post Your Photo
where the format allows you to. I have never used an Anon except a couple of
times recently in this format because I have wanted to agree with myself. I have
rarely used my own name except here. I have used my user name for the last 14
years. Windows 3.1 and a 14.4 Modem, on a 356 enhanced IBM knock off. I have
never signed a letter to the Ed Anon. Anon to me means 0. Now my wife and I have
instructed the kids to not put personal information up. The youngest two have
been good about it. The oldest two, now out of the home and living on the
Mainland, not so much. The Daughter Internet Dated which is like Lonely Hearts
Club on Speed. Mom or I checked everyone out and insisted on them coming to the
Door, Showing I.D. and Proof Of Insurance. Which in most cases we Photo Copied.
Most where age appropriate which for us was about up to 7 years. Had Jobs and
drove nice cars/trucks and where up scale. For miners its vastly different.
Mom blogs are dangerous for all society, like a cheesy christmas card form
letter on speed. The latest decorating tips or achievements of your cannot fail
progeny (check out the spelling in some of the posts....progeny do fail) is not
anything I want to know about. Fortunately, we don't have to seek this fluff
out. Unfortunately, some do for the wrong reasons.
Employers will look for this stuff when considering job applicants. What your
teenager thought was cool or cute might affect their future for getting into
medical school. You might have thought the Holocaust was fake and a conspiracy
in High School, now today employers will find your old beliefs and not want to
hire a racist.
Ronald K. Young - How can you think a 7 year-old is old enough to date let alone
internet date? Why is your daughter interested in dating 7 year-olds, and when
did kids that young start driving "nice cars/trucks"? Also, why should
miners be treated any differently? Do you think working underground makes them a
bit looney? I've known a few miners, but they seemed like decent people. Of
course, I've never met a 7 year-old miner; I actually thought there were laws
against minors doing work like that. I have to admit, that post left me quite
troubled and perplexed.
I never comment on these things -- but I had to tell you that when I read your
comment I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair! Thanks for starting my
day off right!
On the subject of blogging, I love blogs. It's a creative way to share common
interests. If some people think mom blogs/decor blogs are cheesy or too fluffy,
they can look somewhere else. To each his or her own.
If I put pictures on my blog of my family, but I use fake names when I write
about them, is that safe?
I think he misspelled minors. He may have meant a 7 year age difference between
his daughter and her date. Thanks for a very good laugh...i needed that.
You don't have to go to the trouble of putting your kids' identities on the
internet--you can just drive around with it plastered on your car. You know,
those decals with their name, where they go to school, what sport they play and
the number on their uniform. Make it easy for anyone to simply go to their
school and pick them out. Don't forget to park your car in your driveway and
let everyone know where they live.
Despite all the information given out that lets people find you, most people
post all the information on their blogs or "online-friend website of choice"
necessary to get into your email and bank accounts. Birthdates,
names, any info on your location, pet names, or schools you or your family
attents, along with any comments or happy birthday wishes from a well meaning
friend provide tools for strangers to access info the most complex passwords
I recently started a blog. Honestly I limit some specific details of my life,
but anything I write on there could be found out by other means by a person with
enough motivation. Just be wise in what you write about if you have concerns.
I'd be much more worried about social sites such as Facebook or MySpace as
sources to gain information about yourself than a standard blog. Chances are if
you are going to have someone "stalk" you through a blog they would probably do
it without you having a blog also.
There's an old theory - you've probably heard of it - that if you put 1,000
monkeys in a room full of keyboards and left them there to type long enough,
eventually one of them would type a work of Shakespeare.We now know
this theory is incorrect. Thanks to blogging, we've put millions of monkeys in
front of keyboards and we have yet to see anything approaching a work of
Google maps recently started getting down to ground level with their pictures- I
just looked and found that my house was shown with the garage open with our
sports car inside and my child in the yard- If someone wants to take a car or a
child there is no way to hide this. The house is even mapped for anyone who
wants to get there. I don't know about you but this makes me feel really
Old Theory You are really funny.
I think blogs can be a great way for people to keep up on one another's lives.
You can share photos, videos and cute stories. However, just like any good
thing, it needs to be done in moderation. If you run around all day with your
cell phone camera, take photos of everything your children do or are supposed to
be doing, then publish their names and pictures of the house on a blog, you are
setting yourself up for danger. (Yes, one of my co-workers actually has an aunt
who does this.) Not only do I think it violates her children's privacy, but it
also puts a ton of information out there for anyone to find. I don't believe
blogging itself is bad, but you just have to make sure you're not overdoing it.
Why are all your comments so long? No one wants to hear you blab on that much.
It's worthwhile of Warburton to raise the issue, considering the popularity of
blogs, but her article fails to give us anything to substantiate fear. After
all, before the internet we had identity thieves, stalkers, et al.I
say the mommy-blogs make excellent journals, and the internet provides a
wonderful immediacy for sharing. (Many moms find ways to print and preserve
theirs for a lasting record.)
No mention of Heather Armstrong and dooce.com!How could you write an
article about mommy bloggers and not mention the most popular mommy blogger in
the freaking nation! Did I mention she lives in Salt Lake City and is a former
BYU student! How about some fair and balanced reporting here.
I made my blog private a few months ago and I'd say it has its pluses and
minuses. I love that I feel safer. However, I don't feel that because my blog
is private, I'm totally safe anyway. Even though it's people I know that are
viewing my site, a lot of incidents of danger are involving people you know, not
strangers, anyway. So, you still have to take other safety precautions of
teaching your children. Also, I find that fewer people check my
blog because logging in is one more step. I don't care too much, because it's a
creative outlet for me, and I don't need to have a lot of readers every day to
generate ad revenue or boost my self-esteem.Making a blog private
also makes it so that google reader can't pick it up for people to check easily
to see if you've posted something new. So, it's good to be safe, it
comes at a cost, but it's worth it.
Never put personal information on the Internet. No dates, no names, no address,
nothing, nada. You have no idea who will do what with it.
"Wonderful immediacy for sharing"? Why should I care whether some kid has been
potty trained or not? Mom blogs are just yet another way to wrap yourself up in
another technical medium without having to actually communicate with other
people. If moms want to know what is going on in their extended family, and let
them know what's going on in theirs, why don't they pick up an actual phone and
listen to an actual voice? I bet these mom bloggers also have those stupid
stick-figure stickers on the back of their cars with the names of all their
kids, plus the pets. And "lasting record"? Sorry, but knowing that "Johnny
pooped today and I bought a shirt at Shades!" is NOT a lasting record.
Been using the wife's blog to spout off about things (i.e. incompetent
airlines)...but...do you really want an old boyfriend/girlfriend checking up on
you? I say take it private and by invitation only.
I have never gotten into Blogging. The reason being I have this great desire to
be read .So I like Formats like this better. My Daughter is a heavy Blogger, I
am not sure what she Blogs about. A lot of it is about Hanti and Anime. Both of
which are fairly graphic. There are Books now that are in English that you read
back to front. I always read Mags that way but it not the same the Books read
from Back to Front all the way through. Its like Sci-Fi on Steroids. However
just about anything clean that will get my kids reading and writing. I only
started using spell check in the last couple of years. I didnt save post until a
whole TV Stations Board went out. Now I save everything and have back up tapes.
I have no trouble keeping up with the next generation but they are real good,
born with Keyboards in their hands, Graphics in their heads. What they do not do
sometimes is be careful and use common since. Information comes a piece at a
time. They don't understand that, and the price for not understanding can be
Do they block those out at the prison?How about Turkish Prisions.Is it therapy for the inmate to have a nice Utah mother to relate to?just weird
I think your'e cruising for a bruising. There are predators waiting in the
wings. You are just extending an invitation. Even in my local paper, I see
people put in childrens pictures all the time with a cute little caption. I
would never do that, to much danger lurking around. You cannot be careful
enough. Times are not what they use to be.
Journals are usually very personal experiences and feelings that one experiences
in life. I remember when journals were personal, and you would only read them to
those you trusted. Now many write their journals on line for almost
anyone to read. Not to mention they put pictures, and give the readers a state
in which they live. I for one have not joined in the introducing the
world to me and my family. I AGREE WITH THE ABOVE IT IS ASKING FOR TROUBLE, IF
NOTHING ELSE IT IS RISKY!
Robert...there is no way the DesNews is going to promote Heather Armstrong. Just
take about 5 minutes to browse her site, and then rethink your comment.
I do not get it- if there is no mention of where you live and of your last name
then how is someone going to find you? Technically anyone can find anyone but
why should we hide in fear.
I have a Mom Blog, and I'd like to inject a little perspective here. I am the
oldest of 46 grandchildren, and none of my family live in the same state I do.
I enjoy my blog, and keep up on the ones that my cousins, aunts, and parents
have because trying to keep in touch via phone calls would get ridiculously
expensive. Different people have different methods for keeping in touch with
their families and, although no everyone would choose my method, it's rude for
people to trash the entire concept. In the name of safety though, I don't list
the city where I live, any last names, my kids' birthdays, or pictures of my
house. I don't have my address or phone number listed, or tell where my husband
works or where my son goes to school. I may still go private at some point, but
for now I feel like I've done a lot to make it safe.