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Remember the Andy Griffith Show? You know, Opie, Barney and Aunt Bee. It took place in a small town called Mayberry where everyone knew everyone.
If you think that sort of community is gone you would be wrong but the innocence is a thing of the past.
Let me introduce you to the new community on the Internet. Its name is www.myspace.com You can
profile, look at others profiles,
listen to the latest Music Video or just chat with your friends and of course potential predators. That.s right you heard me correctly predators.
Unfortunately there are no online communities like Mayberry where innocence and morality prevail. The online communities are different because
of the perceived anonymity of the persons on the line. The news is full of sexual predators that have met their prey online in places like
What can you do as a parent facing a summer where the kids will have lots of free time? Here are a few tips from MySpace.
For teens, MySpace is a popular online hangout because the site makes it easy for them to express themselves and keep in touch with their
friends. As a parent, please consider the following guidelines to help your children make safe decisions about using online communities.
- Talk to your kids about why they use MySpace, how they communicate with others and how they represent themselves on MySpace.
- Kids shouldn't lie about how old they are. MySpace members must be 14 years of age or older. We take extra precautions to protect our
younger members and we are not able to do so if they do not identify themselves as such. MySpace will delete users whom we find to be younger than
14, or those misrepresenting their age.
- MySpace is a public space. Members shouldn't post anything they wouldn't want the world to know (e.g., phone number, address, IM screen
name, or specific whereabouts). Tell your children they should avoid posting anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find them, such as
their local hangouts.
- Remind them not to post anything that could embarrass them later or expose them to danger. Although MySpace is public, teens sometimes
think that adults can't see what they post. Tell them that they shouldn't post photos or info they wouldn't want adults to see.
- People aren't always who they say they are. Ask your children to be careful about adding strangers to their friends list. It's fun to
connect with new MySpace friends from all over the world, but members should be cautious when communicating with people they don't know. They
should talk to you if they want to meet an online friend in person, and if you think its safe, any meeting should take place in public and with
friends or a trusted adult present.
- Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported.If your kids encounter inappropriate behavior, let them know that
they can let you know, or they should report it to MySpace or the authorities.
Click here to remove your child's profile from MySpace
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It is just as important to know where you child has been on the Internet and who they hang around with as it is in the real world. Children can
get into serious trouble from the confines of their bedroom.
Let's be careful out there and have a safe, healthy and happy summer!
Timothy J. Kilkenny
Founder & CEO
Recalls - Who You Gonna Call?
Have you ever had the experience of hearing something on the news about a product recall, but you can't remember what it was or where to go for
the details? We've all experienced this and here are a couple of sites you can go to get those details. They are also a good resource to check if
you are experiencing problems with a product and want to see if the manufacturer has a program in place to cover some or all of your repair and/or
A good place to start is our old dependable standby - Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer ReportsŪ
and ConsumerReports.orgŪ, is
an expert,independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all
consumers and to empower consumers to protect
themselves. They have been protecting consumers from dangerous products since 1936. Check out their easily
searchable and reviewable information at
Keep in mind that the Consumer Reports site only contains select product safety recalls announced over a period of years based on their severity and
number of units involved. For a more complete list check out our next recommendation.
For the latest product recalls and safety news go to www.recalls.gov This "One Stop Shop" for
U.S. Government recalls was created by six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions to provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products. It
was created in response to President Bush.s request that all federal agencies streamline communications with the public and improve interagency
information sharing in order to enhance public security.
The six government regulatory agencies participating in www.recalls.gov are the US Consumer Product Safety
Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection
Service and the Coast Guard.
Recall categories include Consumer Products, Motor Vehicles, Boats, Food, Medicine and Cosmetics. The site is searchable and includes links,
discussion and background issues.
Happy (And Safe) Surfing from Your Friends at FullNet!
What are Phishing and Pharming?
Neither have anything to do with an enjoyable activity in the countryside. They
are techno-terms for unscrupulous activity and you should be familiar with
them. In fact there are probably several terms, slang words, and techno
phrases that get tossed around in our language daily that may confuse more
issues than they answer.
It seems that I have been getting a lot of e-mails lately that tell me my
E-bay account needs updating or that there is something wrong with some
account. These are popular ways to attempt to get around your security and
You need to know that phishing attacks use both social engineering and
technical subterfuge to steal consumers' personal identity data and
financial account credentials. Social-engineering schemes use 'spoofed'
e-mails to lead consumers to counterfeit websites designed to trick
recipients into divulging financial data such as credit card numbers,
account usernames, passwords and social security numbers. Hijacking brand
names of banks, e-retailers and credit card companies, phishers often
convince recipients to respond. Technical subterfuge schemes plant crimeware
onto PCs to steal credentials directly, often using Trojan keylogger
spyware. Pharming crimeware misdirects users to fraudulent sites or proxy
servers, typically through DNS hijacking or poisoning.
You also need to know that FullNet does not ask you for information of a
sensitive nature with e-mails. We will be covering more in-depth views of
these issues in upcoming newsletters but for now just know that we are here
for you 24 hours a day. If you are concerned about strange e-mails or a web
site you don't think is quite right you can contact customer service at
1-877-385-5832 any time day or night. Remember, we are not simply 'tech
support', we are truly here for Customer Service!
John A. Secondi
FullNet Customer Service Manager