internet behaviour/social networking

Radio 4 programme last night

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09/11/2007 at 13:05
did anyone hear the programme on Radio 4 last night about internet behaviour/social networking sites etc? I only heard a bit of it but it was surprisingly interesting...the bit I heard was discussing if (and why) we disclose more about ourselves online than we would in 'real' situations and whether the rise of social networking sites is creating more division in society or creating more of a community?

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09/11/2007 at 13:07
I would never tell anyone online that I was a 65 yr old dirty old man with a handlebar moustache, and tendencies to prey on younger female runners.  I prefer to keep it a secret.
09/11/2007 at 13:08
Those who've met Coops collaborate to keep this secret
09/11/2007 at 13:09
LOL coops.... your secret is safe with us
09/11/2007 at 13:10
yes coops tried to  groom me  ,but i refused...
09/11/2007 at 13:19

I didn't hear that programme but my OH told me about another programme on the radio where they were discussing chat rooms.

Apparently a father of a 13 year old girl was telling everyone to be careful about using chat room sites after his daughter had arranged to go to Butlins with a friend she'd made on the site. Only it turned out that the 'friend' was not another 13 year old girl but a 30 year old man!
The girls father had even spoken to this man on the phone in belief that he was the girl's father. He then proceeded to put his daughter on a train, by herself to meet up with - well who knows what!

What a fool! What parent in their right mind sends a 13 year old off on their own without knowing who's at the other end to meet them!

I don't know how he had the gaul to let himself be interviewed!

The girl was fortunately OK and rang home as soon as she realised what was going on.

We do not allow out children to use chat rooms ever and time on the internet is just for homework.

This is the only forum I go on and I don't give away too much about myself. But I am the same in the 'real' world...

09/11/2007 at 13:25

I think there is a lot of naivity about internet disclosure.  Would you stand in the street and discuss 'everything' ?

Some of you might......but I suspect it would make people think twice - lots of people come on here to discuss things in 'private' but  make no recognition of the fact that trawling their previous threads often gives their location, name, birthday and family members.

 It's fine if you are aware of that and happy with it -what always worries me are the people who think it's anonymous.......
09/11/2007 at 13:26

What a great piece of responsible parenting...

Coops - really? You didn't look a day over 60. But nice 'tache though.

09/11/2007 at 13:27
Well I would like to say my credit card number is..................
09/11/2007 at 13:27
hes 58 actually ,
09/11/2007 at 13:28
and ime not in on mondays after 3 ...
09/11/2007 at 13:29

Mind you my kids think it's very odd that their Mum goes off to meet with people she's met on the net................

We have a bit of reverse parenting here! 

09/11/2007 at 13:30
I have been sadly disappointed. Everyone has turned out to be who they said they were.......... no sexual perverts yet but I keep meeting up hopefully
09/11/2007 at 13:31
Mrs P - so they were accompanying you to make sure you were okay? I could understand their concern, if they'd read the list of forumites who'd be there...
M...eldy    pirate
09/11/2007 at 13:31
you've not met Plum then?
09/11/2007 at 13:32

no sexual perverts yet but I keep meeting up hopefully

I was on best behaviour!

09/11/2007 at 13:32
I'm not the same as my picture...
09/11/2007 at 13:33

Still hope for Luton then ? 

09/11/2007 at 13:34

So I brought my children with me and left them in the care of .........well to name one..... M.ister W

how responsible was that then ? 

09/11/2007 at 13:34
well i wouldnt say that mrs pig,,,,,, wipes sweat from brow.....
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