While blogs and community forums are a great way to mingle and share ideas with others, they’re also a great way to attract the attention of some pretty bad people.
One example is the Mom2Mom setup on The Star’s Web site. While it is a great thing to be able to chat with other mothers about recent family happenings, users tend to leave behind little personal facts about their kids in some of their posts like the child’s name, age, appearance, school, siblings, friends and the like. Even though these bits of info are often spread out like breadcrumbs one has accidentally spilt while eating, it can be enough to lead predator your way. If someone really wants to hunt a child, they’ll find a way.
While no parent wants harm to come to their children, they may be the one throwing bones to the very people they fear without even knowing it. But it’s not just limited to one site or one post. Everything you place in a public forum is almost instantly accessible.
Vigilance is the simplest answer. Users should take the time to screen their posts for telling information.