Karen McCuiston of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, spoke to parents about a number of Web issues, but focused mostly on how kids could keep safe from Internet predators. She told parents to warn their children that if they write anything at all about themselves Online, then anyone can theoretically gain access to it. She said kids should keep in mind that even conversations online between kids who know each other well and trust one another can come back to haunt them.
“Who’s your best friend today may not be your best friend tomorrow,” McCuiston said.
McCuiston said kids should also remember that conversations on cell phones shouldn’t be thought of as private. She told parents that children can be naïve when it comes to putting information online and communicating with strangers. She said that kids raised to be truthful don’t necessarily think about other people lying to them about who they are. Not only that, but plenty of children lie about their ages to start personal pages on sites like Myspace.com, Facebook.com and Xanga.com. She said that when she was in the assembly with middle school students earlier that day, an alarming number of kids admitted that they lied about their ages to get on Myspace. Many of them were 13 saying they were 16.
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