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Started by: empress (9667) 

Today I was linked to a site called Bebo.I was told to check if my kids were on it as a lot of kids are on this site and the security aint that .............great.I got a shock on finding my 9 year old daughter registered, I am security conscience, also my parental controls went into overdrive. So I joined this site using a fake ID, fake email adress and fake age. It lists all schools, even infant schools, kids join it and anyone can message or access them. A visitors teenage daughter had put my little girl on despiote the age limit being 13, I didn't have a clue, almost had a cardiac when I saw her full name and school listed. I called this visitor and told her I was angry, that in my opinion ts a site that could be used to groom kids. Her mum then told me her daughter had been talking to a kid for weeks on there, planning to meet up, this kid was a 34 year old man from Liverpool.Please check your kids aren't on this site, I have contacted a lot of parents from my daughters school today who didn't know their kids were on it, also the NSPCC is aware of it as are the police and the Internet Watch Foundation, but little can be done to close it down, so I guess its up to us parents.If this site is for over 13's why are primary and even infant schools listed?If its a teen site why are there adults on it I checked and found many in their 30's and 40's with choice pass times on their profiles .I bet our schools aren't aware they are on these lists.If you want to check register on it, use a fake ID like I did, it shows up their poor security for our kids, I have passed this onto a lot of people today some who have found their own kids on there listed as 14 and 18 when they are actually no more than 9 or 10. Its apparently well known in school.

Started: 18th Jul 2006 at 20:44

Posted by: mollie m (6385) 

Tell you what Empress. I don't have kids or grandkids, sadly, but it's essential that parents know of this potential evil on the Internet. I'm sure you'll get a lot of people with their views on this particular subject. It's disgraceful that there's no way sites like this can be blocked. One day maybe, but not yet.

Replied: 18th Jul 2006 at 23:47

Posted by: plum47 (898) 

read your posting this morning and thought i must tell my daughter as my grandchildren are always on the computer.now the strangest thing has just happened.i am staying at my partners house in m/c for a few days and while watering the garden 3 children stopped by the open gate.one asked if i knew somebody and all 3 walked into the garden.the 1st child asked for a drink of water and walked into the house.i am not complaining about the kiddies but this all happened in a couple of mins and before i could stop them they were in the front room and the 1st kiddie wanted to go upstairs.i ushered them out and they were still asking for a drink.the 1st kiddie said she would have a drink of my partners beer which alarmed him.the point of this is that 3 kiddies walked into the house of 2 perfect strangers.i went to see the vicar who lives across the road and he knew them and i went to see the parent of one of them but i do wish they had been more careful.40 yrs ago it would have been a gift for the moors murderers.

Replied: 19th Jul 2006 at 20:58

Posted by: mollie m (6385) 

A few years ago I was sat on my front door step. Something I rarely do but it was about 10 o'clock at night and it had been a stifling day, like it's been just lately. There were a few kids still knocking about and one of them, around 11 or 12 stopped to chat. I didn't know him from Adam but he tootled off when he didn't get much of a response from me. A couple of minutes later a tiny tot came through my gate and down the path and started talking to me. I doubt that she was even 3 years old. I asked the other kids if they knew who she was and that they were to take her home instantly. That kiddie shouldn't have been out on her own at that time of night, but some parents just don't care. I could've been a paedophile or mass murderer or anything. I never had any kids but if I had it would have been the most treasured thing on earth to me. I was so angry about that.

Replied: 20th Jul 2006 at 13:30
Last edited by mollie m: 20th Jul 2006 at 13:31:05

Posted by: reenie (180) 

it is really scary that kids can be linked to these kind of sites

Replied: 21st Jul 2006 at 17:53

Posted by: dark horse (295) 

From the other angle, kiddies dont allus have the parents consent to be out. My three year old granddaughter managed to let herself out of the front door the other week. My daughter thought she had locked the door before going to work and had shouted up the stairs to her husband to get him out of bed. He nodded off again and after waiting half an hour, the tot got bored. She scaled the babygate, went downstairs, used the dog to climb on to reach the catch and out she went. She was found a few hundred yards away. It caused a huge cafuffle and big argument between my daughter and son in law. They are equally to blame, but on the flip side, locking external doors is a no no for the firebrigade too, so you cant win. It was very frikky tho at the time.

Replied: 23rd Jul 2006 at 13:43

Posted by: mandie (inactive)

i checked out my pc and my kids pc (which is right at the side of this one ) to check if any of them had been on the bebo page .i looked in the history of webpages to be sure but thankfully none of my girls have been on it .my eldest who is 11 said she had heard of it but since i spoke to her about it she has promised me she wont go on it .their pc is in the lounge next to mine so if they are doing homework and need my help i can help them but it also lets me check up on what they are doing without them realising it

Replied: 24th Jul 2006 at 15:34

Posted by: empress (9667) 

sending this back to the top in case anyone missed it.Maybe some of you would also like to inform your school next week too.

Replied: 29th Aug 2006 at 23:47

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

It was on the news last week that the powers that be are trying to get bebo shut down.And so it should be.

Replied: 30th Aug 2006 at 12:35

Posted by: empress (9667) 

I complained to everyone I could, but with the servers being in the USA, I was told" nothing we can do but monitor it".
Its nothing short of a kiddy catalogue, the owner of that site wants their head read.

Replied: 30th Aug 2006 at 12:37

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

It is shocking and very scary.

Replied: 30th Aug 2006 at 12:42

Posted by: zoe24 (2272) 

thankfully my kids arnt old enough to register on any sites as they wouldnt no how..but it wont be to long..its so worrying what they can get up to on the net..i will have to kep a close eye on them

Replied: 30th Aug 2006 at 15:21

Posted by: holly (59)

Sorry, in a rush so haven't read everybody's comments on this issue... Yes, be aware, your lovely children will register on these web sites/chat rooms/msn etc unless you lay down some stiff rules. I banned one of my children from using the PC for 2 weeks when I read a comment they'd' passed onto one of their pals. Insist on having access to their computer activities. Keep your PCs in a "public" place in your homes and not tucked away in upstairs rarely visited areas... You can't stamp out this kind of thing entirely but kids need to be educated in the risks involved just as much as we teach them not to talk to strangers on the street etc.

Replied: 31st Aug 2006 at 10:00

Posted by: ann442 (210)

its a verry scary thing am glad mine are grown up
now in this age of the net

Replied: 8th Sep 2006 at 21:52

Posted by: christi (206)

OH MY GOD!!!!

Replied: 11th Sep 2006 at 12:25

Posted by: seamonkey (inactive)

Do non of you ever watch the 6 oclock news? this site has been on time and time again warning parents and schools not to let their kids on to it.

Replied: 11th Sep 2006 at 16:35

 

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