Shortcuts: Internet security: Stop, look and listen, kids - to Websafe Guy
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) It's difficult to argue with the idea of a Green Cross Code-style campaign about online safety for kids, as suggested by the TalkTalk CEO last week. Partly because it has saved countless lives. But mainly because Green Cross Man (right) was really cool.
If the plan is going to work, we'll need a similar superhero for the internet age. Websafe Guy, let's say. And we need a slogan as strong as Stop, Look and Listen. The nearest I've been able to come up with is Don't, Do, Don't:
DON'T use your real name online, because then strangers can track you down. Instead, pick a cool nickname like your precise address or your mum's phone number.
DO save all your IM conversations, so the police can read them if you get in trouble. And remember your mum worked out all your passwords ages ago and knows everything you get up to anyway. Also, "Bieberwife4eva" is a terrible password.
DON'T forget to use SafeSearch filters. You don't want your mum walking in and finding you looking through the search results for the term "big jugs". Trust me.
The internet is full of older strangers who get a kick out of telling you how to behave, so listen to Websafe Guy. Even though he is technically exactly that. Look, just don't tell anyone your address, OK? Stuart Heritage
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