1269RE: [bvpta] internet and your kids
- Dec 1, 2005
Messagehadn't seen it ... thanksmy kids are big internet users...my strategy: talk about the issue, develop media literacy (this includes internet and all media from books to tv shows to cereal boxes) to help them develop a savviness so they can begin to learn to form their own judgements and develop intuition about what's good vs. bad, safe vs. sorry etc.the line we draw: don't reveal personally identifiable info online and ask your parents if something weird comes upwe also do a lot of interneting (creating/reading/talking about) together. here's an example: my 4-year-old's blog.. he'll be at BV next year: http://beanbagburst.blogspot.com he uses a nickname not a real name.of course as they get older it'll get more complicated. the 8 year old is on Neopets a lot which has some "social media" aspects like MySpace that you mention. but since he's < 13 he can't access themi'm hoping that by getting them ready now... they will be ready to discern/protect themselves when they're olderbarak, dad of arel, salon 14-----Original Message-----
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Julie Hagelshaw
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 7:46 AM
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Subject: [bvpta] Pedophiles and your kidsFrom a SFSchools e-list posting. Very sobering. (Sorry if you've seen this already.)Julie--------------------Subject: Pedophiles and your kids
Just returned from a scary and sobering presentation by the SFPD's
ICAC's Officer Kim Mercer at GWHS's PTSA meeting. ICAC= Internet
Crime Against Children. She demonstrated how quickly and easily,
using myspace or almost any similar venue (AOL is popular) a
pedophile can learn your child's complete identity, address, etc.
There are almost no blocks on computers at places like Girls and
The Unit has nailed 17 perps with 100% conviction rate in recent
A GWHS student who helped thwart a pedophile who had targeted her
(and ending up testifying against him on the East Coast) and who
sent the perp to jail for 20 years was one of the first children
this Unit saved.
Private schools have invited Officer Mercer to give her
demonstrations, but SFUSD has not been interested. (Myong
Leigh...WHAT DID YOU DO WITH OFFICER MERCER'S CDs of the "Missing
program"?????) A few schools in the SFUSD have invited her based on
savvy parent interest (Aptos, Presidio, GWHS, Gloria R. Davis), but
the ball has been dropped at the SFUSD.
Officer Mercer was told by a Microsoft executive that Microsoft
doesn't want parents to know how very dangerous the predator problem
is on the internet because "parents would pull the plug" on
If you would like this sobering, enlightening presentation which
could save your kid's life, contact Officer Mercer at 558-5528.
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