Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A little more Facebook, good and bad

Facebook, like most tools, can be good or bad. When it's good, it can be really good, like gathering aide for Haiti, or as reported by the Economic Times, a father and daughter who haven't seen each other in almost half a century find each other through Facebook.

But it can be very bad, too. According to the Crime Scene KC blog, Micheal Cowley plead guilty to posing as a 17 year old girl in order to get naked pictures  from teenage boys. This type of activity is unavoidable as long as Facebook doesn't do more ... More? Facebook doesn't do anything to verify who you are when you sign up. The surprise here isn't that someone posed as a teenager on Facebook to get naked pictures of other teens, it's that we don't hear of it more often. I would say I'm glad we don't, but I have to wonder how many just aren't getting caught. And it concerns me because I have teenagers and kids who are going to be teenagers in a few years. Do you know all of your kids Facebook friends?