Re: Scout Names on Websites?
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 16:03:08 -0400
On Fri, 25 Oct 1996, golden cliff wrote:
> I agree that we need to exercize some measure of caution when publishing
> information to the internet, but it is important to keep things in
> perspective and not overreact.
This is true. However, it's not just the pedophile who is a concern.
What about the hustlers who sell software over the phone? Or the ones who
want you to sign up for the Book-of-the-Week Club or CD of the month or
whatever? Harassment can occur between the Jock who hates Geeks and
happens to see Johnny B. Goode's name on a local web-site ... if Jock
starts phoning Geek at all hours of the day and night, Geek's dad isn't
going to be pleased.
Or, what about the stupid e-mail we all get, Make $$ fast, for instance?
If the "least intellectually gifted" child in your troop got such an
offer, e-addressed to him, or even mailed to him, would he know to ignore
it? Or would he gleefully put his name and address at the bottom and send
off $5, thus engaging in mail fraud?
> I agree we need to protect our children, but not at the risk of
> terrorizing them or creating a fear of new technology. Learn the risks,
Well, Cliff, While I *DO*, I really DO, see your point and even share it
up to apoint, this is no worse and no different than teaching children
NOT to get in the car with a stranger, or NOT to give their address out
to people on the phone, or NOT to admit to a caller that they are home alone.
The fact that a 6' tall minor built like a cross between Schwartzenneger
and George Foreman runs his own BBS and is a ROOT and/or
Webmaster does not imply that he is as knowledgeable as you about the
dangers that _might_ be lurking about, or as competent to judge the risks
involved. A person who has never fallen 16 ft is unafraid of it; the
person who HAS stays well back from the edge.
IMHO of course.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City