Google Buzz is a brand new social networking and messaging platform from Google and, according to the LA Times, it could be putting your children at risk.
The Times article said that technology analyst Charlene Li discovered that her 9 year old daughter had unintentionally shared what was supposed to be a private conversation via Buzz. The article went on to quote Charlene as saying, “Imagine parents (and kids) checking out their Buzz accounts to find that ‘iorgyinbathrooms’ is following them, which is exactly what happened with my child’s account.”
Should you be worried about Buzz? In my opinion, yes – but no more than you should be concerned about any social networking or messaging platform (except maybe Chatroulette!). “iorgyinbathrooms” could just as easily have followed Charlene’s daughter on Twitter or befriended her on Facebook. The fact is that you need to be aware of what your kids are doing when they use their computers and you need to be familiar with any social networking or messaging platforms that they are using. And education is also important. You teach your kids not to speak to strangers in the park and you should also be teaching them not to speak to virtual strangers.
You can read more about this on Charlene Li’s blog.
What do you think? Do you allow your kids to use Google Buzz?