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It can be dangerous…

January 28th, 2005 · 2 Comments

  • It can be dangerous not to know hamster anatomy.
    Katy Lee and their family now have eight more hamsters than they did earlier this month. The babies sound cute and the parents prolific. The Lees have had a few birth dates in their household this month, including Elliot’s (another blogger) and Katy’s herself, on our anniversary date. (note: congrats to Dennis who commented that he also celebrates on January 25th!)

    To change to a more serious tone…

  • It can be dangerous to allow children to blog.

    Foe Romeo warned of what could happen to kids in her post LiveJournal for under-13s

    I was hugely disappointed, though, to see that while Six Apart and LiveJournal had implemented the required-by-law parental permission verification, they had done nothing to improve the safety and/or internet literacy of the children they were now allowing to sign up for a journal. So, there is absolutely no safety advice, and parents are exited from the set up process before the child fills in their personal information. And this form encourages users to share their personal information, asking all of the same questions it does of older users (e.g. location), and with all of the same careless defaults. Not only does it default to show your email address and IM details, it actually explains that you should keep this option enabled:

    She also linked to this BBC piece : Blogging ‘a paedophile’s dream’

  • It can be dangerous to forget the past.

    Amanda Witt remembered the anniversary of Auschwitz

    Thursday marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (January 27, 1945). Sixty years was not so very long ago—it’s well within my parents’ memories. Yet we already have forgotten how it all began.

    In concluding, she exhorted

    Remember how it began, and then get up and do your part to prevent it from happening again.

    Help those who are weak.

    In a subsequent post, Silence, Amanda Witt linked to this poem, Inside Dachau by Alexie Sherman. During my sixteenth summer, I visited the German concentration camp. Back at school that fall, all I wanted to write in English class was to try to describe what it had been like to be at Dachau. Even a glance at Michael Hanscom’s flickr photo of the human barbed wire sculpture began to bring it back. I can’t forget. I hope I never will.

    link should be fixed now – thanks Darren!

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