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Old 10-14-2011, 7:19 PM   #1
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I just familiarized myself with the latest controversy.

I have what I hope will be perceived as a constructive suggestion.

There was discussion among all the other stuff, about the threat of internet predators etc., and concerns for forum members who are minors.

What I read into the thread (rightly or wrongly) is that certain discussions can open the door for predators to initiate (private?) contact with minors for the purposes of exploiting them. As a parent, I think that concern is valid.

My suggestion is to limit or eliminate the private message option for users/members under a certain age (16? 18?) as the BOD would find to be suitable. It's my understanding that predatory types usually use private communication to single out their victims. Obviously if they posted their overtures in public threads, some of the rest of us would catch on. Most of these nefarious activities happen behind the scenes.

If minors were unable to send/receive private messages, this would minimize the risk to our younger participants, and surely discourage would-be predators, as they would not have a way of initiating direct and private communication with our young folks here.

Of course, if somebody registers and lies about their age, there's not much we can do about that, but that sort of thing is bound to happen regardless (Facebook, for example - nobody under 13 is supposed to register there, but it happens every day).

At least this measure would offer a level of higher safety for young people who are honest about their age.

For clarity - my suggestion has nothing to do with the original subject of the thread that was "controversial"... but rather, came from some concerns expressed by some of the content that sort of came about because of one particular tangent in that thread.

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Old 10-14-2011, 7:28 PM   #2
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I just familiarized myself with the latest controversy.

I have what I hope will be perceived as a constructive suggestion.

There was discussion among all the other stuff, about the threat of internet predators etc., and concerns for forum members who are minors.

What I read into the thread (rightly or wrongly) is that certain discussions can open the door for predators to initiate (private?) contact with minors for the purposes of exploiting them. As a parent, I think that concern is valid.

My suggestion is to limit or eliminate the private message option for users/members under a certain age (16? 18?) as the BOD would find to be suitable. It's my understanding that predatory types usually use private communication to single out their victims. Obviously if they posted their overtures in public threads, some of the rest of us would catch on. Most of these nefarious activities happen behind the scenes.

If minors were unable to send/receive private messages, this would minimize the risk to our younger participants, and surely discourage would-be predators, as they would not have a way of initiating direct and private communication with our young folks here.

Of course, if somebody registers and lies about their age, there's not much we can do about that, but that sort of thing is bound to happen regardless (Facebook, for example - nobody under 13 is supposed to register there, but it happens every day).

At least this measure would offer a level of higher safety for young people who are honest about their age.

For clarity - my suggestion has nothing to do with the original subject of the thread that was "controversial"... but rather, came from some concerns expressed by some of the content that sort of came about because of one particular tangent in that thread.

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Old 10-14-2011, 7:35 PM   #3
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Old 10-14-2011, 7:38 PM   #4
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Old 10-14-2011, 8:22 PM   #5
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While were at it we should probably limit access to only reef information based forums. No need for them to be tempted with the FS section and no need for the lounge either.

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Old 10-14-2011, 8:33 PM   #6
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Not sure about the other suggestions but good that it's being discussed.

Something I meant to add also is using the same criteria (to be decided upon) on the chat box. Since that's unmoderated and "chat rooms" are also a more risky venue, I'd add that to my initial suggestion - to limit that to persons older than the age of "consent" or whatever.

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Old 10-14-2011, 9:45 PM   #8
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Credit card validation solves the proof of age issue.


Unless Junior helps himself to Mom's/Dad's card.... stranger things have happened. But yes, I agree with you - that would certainly deter minors from attempting to fake their age.

At the end of the day, those who want to circumvent the system, will - nothing is foolproof.

However I do think that this may help things some.

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Old 10-14-2011, 10:56 PM   #9
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:04 PM   #10
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Also parents lending their account to their kids to view the forum whether they post or not is against the rules.

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I totally agree with Jenn's first and second suggestions as well as the credit card check. As was mentioned, nothing is foolproof but making it a bit more difficult helps. A car thief can break a windor and hot wire a car but if the one next to it has the door unlocked and the key in it...... well, you get my point.

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the only person i can think of off hand is the alyssa11 person. And she barely posts on here

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Old 10-15-2011, 8:38 AM   #13
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Rhada (sp?) who used to post a lot, was only 11. She might be 12 or 13 now. I haven't seen her post in a while but I know she was very young, although she was so bright and eloquent I didn't realize how young she was until she began addressing me as Miss Jenn and when she came into my shop I was floored that she was really so young.

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We have several active kids over the years but I cannot think of any that regularly participate now...Chronologically speaking, of course.

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