Log onto Xanga.com, a large social networking site, and you can view videos, photos and information about all sorts of wacky things. I watched a guy having his brows waxed.
Say what you want about the entertainment value of such a video, folks seem to be tuning in. The only problem is, Xanga.com was allowing kids under age 13 to set up pages on the site, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Last week, the FTC announced that the guys who run Xanga.com had agreed to pay a $1 million fine for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act for collecting, using and disclosing information about children under 13 years old.
How can you protect your kids? Keep the computer out in the open so you can see what your kids are looking at. Use the Internet with your kids and limit their time online. Talk to them about what information should be made public, and what should stay within your own family circle.
Make sure you know where they’re going online.
With practical, informative consumer advice, I’m Ilyce Glink, News-Talk 750 WSB
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