Sunday, September 20, 2009

Some Bidness

Back in the day, last semester, I had an assignment to write a research paper.  I chose the topic of internet safety.  Boring- but important.  We needed twelve thousand sources so I was racking my brain trying to come up with enough info.  Then it dawned on me that I could do an interview... and who better to ask than my friend Lauren.  Busy bee Lauren! You know you read her blog.   I thought what she had to say was very interesting and helpful.  It's about time I share it with you.  {I care about YOUR internet safety...and so does she... be careful out there my friends}
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Straight from the Busy Bee:
Do you feel blogging is risky? Why/Why not?
Yes. Most definitely. I would be more nervous if I had children, because I have had friends whose children's pictures were stolen by a child pornography site. I think "Mommy Bloggers" need to be aware, and refrain from posting their last name, and the number one...to not post naked pictures of their children, no matter how cute the picture might be. I have already decided that once I have children, I will have a separate family blog that is private. it is all about protecting your family.
Do you feel Myspace/Facebook are safe sites?
I think Facebook is a bit more safe than Myspace, but they all seem a little scary. So much information is shared and virtually anyone can access that information through a Google search. I remember once, my friend texted cha-cha "who is Lauren *********?" and it gave her all sorts of information about me, through my facebook account, via google. And my facebook is even private! It made me rethink about how much is too much information to share on the internet.
If you have had any experiences that made you scared of the internet, what were they?
I once had a person search for my maiden name, then look up my parents in the white pages to find their address. They then google-mapped their house and then looked up the schools I went to, "to imagine what it would be like to grow up with me." They admitted all of this on my blog. it was really scary.
Have you felt threatened?
I have had threats via my Twilight blog, and at the time it seemed scary, but looking back, it is sort of laughable. I think if you don't give out where you live, your last name, and where you will be at certain times of the day, you will be ok.
Do you feel that getting in trouble/danger online is something you/someone can prevent?
Of course. Here are my rules to blogging:
1. Don't give out your last name. EVER. People don't need that information.
2. Only post pictures of you and your family, FULLY clothed. I already mentioned not posting naked pictures of your children, but remember yourself too. I have seen pictures of women breast feeding their child. I have seen pictures of a couple in a bath tub together, covered in bubbles. Too much information...no matter how lighthearted and innocent their intentions were.
3. Don't post itineraries. If you will be out of town, don't say when you are leaving and where you are going. One, someone could rob your house. Two, someone could stalk you to the place you will be.augorig1x11x1Thank you Lauren for helping me with my research.  I'm not a fan of going private so if you aren't either, be smart online!
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{More Business} Why Tony was out of town that one weekend:

Most of you know, but we went to OK for the summer for Tony's job.  They're recruiting people, if you are interested let me know.

24 lovely comments:

Brea said... Reply To This Comment

So I will have to say that I really don't like being private... I don't get any comment anymore, and it makes me really sad. I have a lot of pros and cons as far as being private/non private. Pro- you know who is looking at your blog. Con- I like making new blogger friends and you can't really do that anymore, because people can't see it anymore. :(

Alexa Mae said... Reply To This Comment

I don't want to go private either...that lar sure is a smart one. And MY HUBs would be interested for sure. He is an all around handy man and can do ANYTHING!! Srsly.

Bree and Bryce said... Reply To This Comment

pretty sure that pictures she's talking about is of Bryce and I covered in bubbles. haha.

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wowteacher@hotmail.com said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for the reminder Connie; there are indeed crazies out there! Having said that, I want to start a Seminary Blog but need your help in doing so. Do tell! Love, Mother

Nancy Face said... Reply To This Comment

When I read the comment from the crazy insane stalker person who was LOOKING AT MY HOUSE on Google Earth, it pretty much freaked! me! out!

Apparently some people really don't have a life!

Here's another tip: don't let your license plate show if you post a picture with your car in it.

I'm so glad you posted this...many bloggers are unaware of the crazies out there!

Alexandria said... Reply To This Comment

Eek! Now I am freaked out..they google-mapped Nancy Face's house?!?! Creep-ola!!!

So I guess I better take off all my nude pics off my blog....way to ruin all my fun Connie!! haha just kidding!!

Marissa said... Reply To This Comment

Great tips!

Meghan O said... Reply To This Comment

Those are some good tips! I'm going to check the information on my facebook and blog right now.

Amber W. said... Reply To This Comment

Great post! I totally agree! I decided to make my kids' blog private, but I still like having a public one for myself. I'm definitely careful about what I post. Don't want any weirdos doing weird stuff with my info. Nuh uh, not me.

Connie said... Reply To This Comment

The last name thing is my biggest issue. Most people use their last names as their blog url, or blog title.. every one seems to! If you are one of those people, it's never to late to change it! I removed my last name from my blog url a while ago... and then just commented and told friends where to find me. I feel better about that now.
There usually are still friends who will have your last name up on their blog... it's just a matter of asking them to take it off. No biggie.

Miss Marie said... Reply To This Comment

Great post! I made my blg private, because of that reason. I am far to afraid of what may happen... Although often times, I tend not to think of that stuff. Well said Lauren!

Jen and Brian Smithson said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for the post! I makes me re think about things i put on my blog! PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!!.. anyways yeah for tonnie being a team leader next year congrats!!

Britney Jean said... Reply To This Comment

thanks for the tips connie and lar!

Katie said... Reply To This Comment

Excellent interview and a really important topic. I am really particular about internet safety. I've been involved in online sites since I was pretty young (14) but I was always very aware of the existence of predators and the fact that you can't blindly trust. I also read an article in Cosmo a few years back that made me think even harder about information on the net--it's basically what Lauren said, but they pointed out that Facebook statuses and the like can alert people to where you will be and also where you won't so they could rob or stalk you. Creepy!

Also, I feel your pain with the twelve thousand sources. I think finding sources is one of my least favorite things to do ever. Good job, though!

Whitney said... Reply To This Comment

I have mixed feelings. I love meeting new people through blogs but at the same time I want to know who is really looking at my blog. I got a sitemeter so I can look and see where people are coming from. So far no one suspicious.

Signe said... Reply To This Comment

Good info! Thanks Connie.

Alexa Mae said... Reply To This Comment

okay sounds good!! we are pretty much open except for tomorrow so whenever works for you guys.

Johnny and Anny said... Reply To This Comment

Hi! I'm one of Natalie's friends, and found your blog thru hers. I love the photography stuff you put on here, and the style of your blog! Great tips, I just recently started blogging this year, and had some hesitancies because of the stuff I had heard. Thanks for all the advice, great interview!

Nat said... Reply To This Comment

I keep thinking i need to change my blog url because of this very problem. I just am not sure how to do it smoothly.

I don't like private either. it scares me.

mind if i use this interview for an assignment?

Alexa Mae said... Reply To This Comment

Hey! Let me know when you get my email or just email me your # cause texting will be easier. My hubs said tom is good.

alexahall17(at)gmail(dot)com

Natalie said... Reply To This Comment

hey you! i miss you. cheesecake again soon? or something of similar calorie intake? :]

good blog! it reminds me of what we were talking about at dinnnerr!

Lacey said... Reply To This Comment

This has me thinking of the men I know in OK. That way they don't have to short term relocate. Great info in this post.

Connie said... Reply To This Comment

I just wanted to clarify... If you have your last name up, I don't think you are a bad person :p Just a matter of personal preferance!!