On 2/6/06, Fred Bauder <fredbaud(a)ctelco.net> wrote:
How much truth is there to this:
The Parents for the Online Safety of Children (POSC) organization is
worried about parents letting their children into a website that is a
known gathering for pedophiles. Any pedophile can easily obtain a
child's IP address and use it to locate the child's place of
residence outside of the internet.
No, they can't IP addresses are only available for not logged in users, and
for people with CheckUser access.
Pedophiles may also solicit
children for sex or attempt to contact them through
as a medium, or even find out their e-mail address or instant
messenger screen name.
Parents should tell their children to never share personal details online.
Anyone using Wikipedia to initiate sexual contacts through Wikipedia will
get a very permanent ban on their person.
Since WikiPedia allows pedophiles to edit WikiPedia pages and view
the IP addresses of children freely, we recommend that
filtering software to block WikiPedia from access in your household
We don't. Simply make an account, and their IP won't show up, or simply
don't announce your personal details when you're not logged on.
The internet is already a dangerous lurking ground for pedophiles;
statistics show that about 1 in 5 children are
solicited for sex
online, and with the growth of the unregulated WikiPedia, that number
can only skyrocket.
The internet is also used by murderers, and crackpot theorists...
Since WikiPedia refuses to address the issue of pedophiles within its
ranks and the allowance of random editing to pages, we
recommend parents to withhold access to WikiPedia.org
for the time
Excerpts from http://news.baou.com/main.php?
What can we practically do that would reduce any real risk? (I
exclude fighting among ourselves in a destructive way)
Encourage anyone who is worried about their security to surf safely
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