Protect your children
The danger of internet and spyware
Most of us think of scumware and spyware as being
just a pain in the neck. Sure, you need to remove the crud to improve
performance and get your browser back, but did you ever think about the fact
that scumware and spyware can be dangerous to kids? Think about this:
One in five children who use computer chat rooms have been approached over the
Internet by pedophiles, according to Detective Chief Superintendent Keith
Akerman, Telegraph.co.uk January 2002.
89% of solicitations were either made in chat rooms or via Instant Messages. (Pew
Study reported in JAMA, 2001)
The majority of teenagers' online use occurs at home, right after school, when
working parents are not at home. (Arbitron New Media Study, October 1999)
1 in 33 received AGGRESSIVE inappropriate solicitations (asked to meet, called
them via phone, sent mail, money or gifts), according to Online Victimization,
NCMEC, June 2000)
How can you protect your children when they are
online? Every family should have clear rules regulating online use, including:
Never give out personal information to strangers
Never give out your full name, date of birth, home address, school name, or
telephone number in a chat room, message board, newsgroup, profiles or e-mail
unless you know for sure who you are talking to and trust them.
Never post photographs on web sites, message boards or newsgroups or online
profiles that are available to the public.
Never list names or e-mail addresses in any public directories and profiles.
But even if your children follow all the rules, they could still be sharing
personal information with strangers without their (or your) knowledge. How? You
guessed it, spyware and scumware!