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Protecting Your Child in Online Communities


I’ll be reviewing this topic from time to time. There’s just too much to go through in one sitting and both blog-readers and blog-writers have the attention span of a gnat. Yes you! Oi! This article was targeted at ‘child stars’ in the entertainment industry and the problems they face with privacy both in real life and online.

Protecting Your Child Young performers face a new set of dangers in the age of the Internet. (October 18, 2005) But the problems didn’t end there for Boyd. A friend of Jenna’s began impersonating her online through a MySpace account profile. By using information she had gleaned from frequent contact with Jenna, the “friend” fooled many into believing she was the child actor. After that, other school friends posted comments on Jenna’s fake profile, and the name of Jenna’s school was listed. (Many kids write their school’s name on their profiles or blogs on online communities MySpace or Xanga without thinking twice.)

It’s not solely applicable to child stars having their privacy invaded, communities are used as hunting grounds by sexual predators. The Australian Government is behind NetAlert.net:

Providing practical advice on Internet safety, parental control and Internet filters for the protection of children, students and families.
Whether you are wishing to learn about the potential dangers for children online or are looking for a solution to a problem already encountered, NetAlert can assist.
Helping children and families enjoy all the benefits of the Internet in a safe and rewarding way.


To be continued… I’m sure. In the meantime read Government on the Highway to stop Net paedophiles. And grrr. Again. NetAlert doesn’t offer an online community with a discussion mechanism. Sure you can ring a 1800 number or email in, but no forums for parents and concerned adults to help and support each other.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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