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Old 8th October, 2010, 06:35 PM
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Survey: Social networks not protecting kids' privacy

Kids are sharing too much online, and social networks aren't doing enough to protect them.

Those were the sentiments expressed by parents in a study released yesterday by Common Sense Media. Two nationwide polls (PDF) conducted in August, one of adults and one of teens, found that 92 percent of parents believe their kids are sharing too much information about themselves online. And 85 percent said they're more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.

Three out of four parents also believe social networks aren't doing a good job of protecting the privacy of kids, while 71 percent of adults in general feel the same.

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Maybe those "parents" should pay a little more attention to what there kids are doing online. Course, let's not blame the parents at all... We all know companies are at fault.
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What are you saying Robbie? That if some one finds a way to make profit off hurting kids it's OK? The parents are at fault for not being in ten places at once and policing their kids like Gestapo?

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True there need to be restrictions in place to inhibit companies taking advantage of kids to some extent, but also, parents need to take responsibility for bringing up their own children.

You can't just blame the state, or the companies for everything. Parents have to take responsibility for some things. It's like blaming a car company for killing your kid if they got the car key and drove the car down the road at age 10, killing themselves.

Personally, I think if the parent blames the state/companies for everything, and basically wants the state to bring up their child, as a part of the same state, I want my say in bringing up their child as well. I vote finding different responsible parents, and sterilising the current parents as unfit.
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I think it's time we brought back the "Are you stupid?" followed by a backhand from Mom method. I learned quite a bit that way.

Really, what law or company position can protect or prevent a kid (or anyone for that matter) from typing his personal information on the web. The opt-out method sounds good in theory, but first we would have to send this recent generation to night classes just to teach them what "opt-out" meant.
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I think it's time we brought back the "Are you stupid?" followed by a backhand from Mom method. I learned quite a bit that way.
I remember those lessons, worked great for me.
Unfortunately in this country they managed to pass an "anti smacking" bill, essentially making it illegal to discipline your kids that same way. Remembering how much I preferred that to grounding, or being made to sit in a corner, and as over 70% of the public didn't want it I never understood how it passed in the first place.

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Really, what law or company position can protect or prevent a kid (or anyone for that matter) from typing his personal information on the web. The opt-out method sounds good in theory, but first we would have to send this recent generation to night classes just to teach them what "opt-out" meant.
Hell you would need to send many of the parents I've seen to those same classes.

Personally, I think we should take most warning labels off. If a bottle has POISON written on it, it shouldn't also have to state that you should drink/eat it. If you buy a coffee, you shouldn't have to have 'Caution Hot' on the cup.

We need more chlorine/bleach in the gene pool.
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