abuse of children's trust
The Internet presents a
second danger when it's used by children. Not only do they have to be protected
from unsuitable content, they
also need to be warned not to send detailed information to inquisitive Web sites.
Some unscrupulous operators
have cottoned on to the fact that it's easier to get personal information from
children than from adults. The classic ploy is to offer a free toy (which of course
never arrives) in exchange for entering personal details in a form. For example
what's your address, name, telephone number, what kind of car does your family
have, what are the email addresses of your parents, when will you next go on holiday,
when should we avoid delivering your gift because the house will be empty - you
get the idea.
If your child uses the Internet,
you need to warn them about giving information. Where you draw the line is up
to you. A Yahoo! or Hotmail email address might be OK to give, but as soon as the information becomes personal,
you need to get involved.
access for children