I’m sure as a parent, you have warned your kids about the internet and its creeps – and if you think they’re not listening to you because they are all about what the celebs and stars are saying these days, tell them that big names like George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore are also urging children not to use social networking sites, because of the dangers posed by pedophiles.
Miley (being a teenager herself) knows the threat that a social networking site like Facebook can pose to children.
“I’m urging kids, don’t go on the Internet. It’s not fun; it’s dangerous,” she said.
This was after Miley learned a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped by a 48-year-old man in California who lured her on a "date" online. So scary.
By the way, Facebook just registered its 500 millionth member (holy cow!).
Here’s how good ol’ George feels about Facebook, Twitter and the rest of it:
“I would rather have a prostate exam on live television by a guy with very cold hands than have a Facebook page,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
It really is becoming a scary world for children. This stuff reminds me of a 4th grade girl who was in a class I was observing for my field practicum hours. This young girl was SO incredibly innocent, naive, and not the most popular in class, so when she lit up to tell me she had an AIM account, sharing it with everyone, it saddened me deeply. I just felt that she was trying to be cool and fit in, so she was sharing it with everyone in the class (even me!). All I kept thinking was this poor thing might be harassed and taken advantage of over the internet, and there’s nothing I or anyone can do. I just prayed that her parents are aware of the dangers of the internet and monitor the computer.
How do you handle computer safety with your children?