Please Rob Me is a site which combines information posted on a variety of sites such as Twitter and foursquare.com. It looks for people posting information about when they leave home, and shows how providing this kind of information in public can allow burglars the perfect opportunity to break in.
Although it may be tongue-in-cheek to some degree it illustrates very well why it’s important to think about the information we post online about ourselves.
An online poll by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) highlights the number of children in England and Wales living away from home as Private Fostering week 22-28 February 2010 raises awareness of the legal requirement to notify social services to ensure the child is safe and the foster carers supported. Source: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) press release 22 February 2010
Private Fostering week 22-28 February 2010
Stop the Traffik has launched a short film to raise awareness of child trafficking as part of their Start Freedom campaign. Source: Third Sector 24 February 2010
The Home Office has published a review looking at how sexualised images and messages may be affecting the development of children and young people, part of a strategy to address Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Source: Home Office press release 26 February 2010
Sexualisation of Young People Review
The children of Amy Johnson Primary are raising money for the children of Haiti.
They will be undertaking a relay in teams of five: they are going to cycle, scooter, skateboard, run and travel in other entertaining ways a distance of 1k. This means that as a class they will cover 6k with lots of exciting challenges. Please show your support by visiting their special website.
Google can reveal just how many Facebook accounts there are with privacy settings that enable you to see the name and profile photo of their users.
By entering “site:www.facebook.com/” into Google you’ll find huge numbers of Facebook accounts with their details on display. Facebook has a policy of not displaying the details of those who are under 18, but because many children lie about their age when creating an account (the lower age limit is 13) this may not offer much protection.
To make sure that your (or your child’s) Facebook profile isn’t on display you’ll need to follow this trail in Facebook:
Settings | Privacy | Search | Public Search Listing
... then untick “Create a public search listing”
Today is Safer Internet Day: CEOP has announced a customised version of Internet Explorer 8 which provides advice from their existing web pages. You can read more about that here. The customised version of IE8, or plug-ins for those already using it can be found here.
The browser will also link to a portal called www.clickceop.net which supports the government’s first UK eSafety strategy - “Click clever, Click safe”.