Thoughts on Safety and Children in a World of Lifestreaming
A while back I read a post titled Does Lifestraming Connect Too Many Dots? in which author Jim Storer poses concerns about providing location info using services like Brightkite and Twitter and concerns of having your house robbed as criminals become aware of these services. Now while I think we should always take steps to be careful and protect our homes, I don’t think we’re going to see a large upswing in robberies based on thieves utilizing location awareness.
But beyond that, Jim’s post triggered some other good comments and discussion around Lifestreaming as well as references to other posts. So while I’m not that concerned about robbery, a nerve was struck when a commenter brought up how sharing detailed data about our children could provide information for predators. Now that is something much more of concern than having valuables stolen.
I love sharing photos, videos, and other interesting details about my children throughout my Lifestream. This is now a pretty standard part of online life for many parents and families. The thought that this puts them at a higher risk of danger sounds scary but I don’t think warrants much in the way of additional precautions that go beyond all the methods I already have in place for them.
Most of the issues we’ve heard with regards to children becoming victims revolves around their personal activity on social networking sites and tools. I think taking the same precautions and using most methods that were in place prior to the advent of the web are still very important when it comes to protecting our children.
Anyways, I know this post went off on a bit of a tangent that may not be relevant or of interest to many readers but I do find this issue important.
What are your thoughts on this difficult subject?