Monday, February 06, 2006 - Cops alert parents to Web site postings - Cops alert parents to Web site postings - Teens putting themselves at risk online - Teens putting themselves at risk online

My podcast for parents on Internet safety...starting with issues

Okay, I know you are frightened to death. Dateline runs a special with lots of men showing up in various stages of undress to meet young teens. Your cherubic 14 year old is swearing like a truckdriver (whoops, I mean a sailor. You can learn more about this reference at my new podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to my feed. Or your kid's friends are engaging in provocative behavior, posting inappropriate pictures an doing things that shock you on their profiles. How safe is or the other sites? How worried should you be? This podcast is free and will be updated as often as I can update it...

this is not the time to panic. it's the time to get there for your kids and start "the talk". You can learn more by visiting often or subscribing to the feed. This podcast introduces the issue of and what parents need to do and more importantly, not do. So, here goes. Click here to hear the audio file. If you don't know how, ask your kids. :-)

be safe

for safety tips...

If you click on safety tips on's front page, you'll read our tips. Our teenangels (our teen Internet safety expert teams) are writing the teen tips for too.

I am not here to be the bad guy, but to find ways you can use these new technologies and stay in touch with your friends safely. You can learn more about this from this podcast, just for you by clicking here.

Also, if you are interested in helping us create the safety guide for teens, we welcome your elp. drop me an e-mail at

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Removing your child's (or your own) profile

While we get the podcasting working so you can hear the audio files and subscribe to my feed and listen to it on your ipod or other MP3 player or itunes, I thought I would make it easy. So here is the text version of the instructions.

Myspace has two major ways you can remove an entire profile (the content and profile itself). One way is to access feeback section and click on "I want to remove my profile" supplying your url. They will then send removal instructions to the original e-mail address used to set up the profile and registration. The problem is that the e-mail address might not be working, the password to access it might have been replaced or the e-mail may have been fake to begin with. Even if the e-mail is otherwise working, the instructions are often blocked as "Spam" by your ISP, and never get to you.

So, what's a parent (or myspace user) to do?

We have worked out a process with (we hope to make it even easier going forward). This only requires that you have the password and login information for the profile, either because your children are cooperating with you or because you have their password.

There are two steps. You remove everything on their profile, all photos, comments, content and posts. Then e-mail with the url of the page and a request to remove the profile. You can also type in the otherwise empty profile "please remove this profile". Then can remove the profile without the code or any further action on your part.

The trick here is getting your kids to cooperate. Many parents write me and tell me that their kids refuse ot give up their passwords or share their profiles with their parents. I suggest that parents remember who pays for Internet access...this is now a parenting issue, not a technology one. Check back for my audio podcast on this, my newest pet peeve...Parents who are afraid to parent.

good luck!
stay safe!

CBS News | Guarding Against On-Line Predators | February 6, 2006�15:04:47

CBS News | Guarding Against On-Line Predators | February 6, 2006�15:04:47

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The MySpace profile removal process...from their site instructions has a removal process that requires you to send a request to remove the profile. A response is sent to the e-mail used to register the profile account initially. As long as that is a valid e-mail address and isn't blocked by SPAM filters, this process works easily. You can view this process herethrough this video file.

If this doesn't work, I have worked out an alternate process with MySpace. You can listen to the instructions for that here

be safe,

Podcasting on issues - overall tips for parents

I have begun patient, while I make this work :-)
So many parents have been concerned about their teens posting profiles on that we have tried to get them information they need the most. We'll address the FAQs and tips on this and other important Internet safety issues.
Probably the question I am asked the most by parents and teens is how to remove their profile. There is a process set up by that requires you to send a request to remove your profile from the site. Then a code is sent to the e-mail address used to register the profile initially giving the instructions for removal of the profile. But there are many problems with this process. Often the teen doesn't have access to that e-mail account any longer, or it was never a real one to begin with. Or the code is lost in the SPAM-blocking processes of the recipient's ISP and never makes it to them. asks parents to work with their children to remove their own profiles. Together with MySpace, has worked out an alternative process for profile removal (assuming the teen has their password).

I explain that with the password and login, the teen can remove their content themselves. Removing the now empty profile requires a little help. A special address at handles this process. The MP3 explains that process.
The MP3 explains that process.

KUTV: Internet Safety: Transcripts Of FBI Chat

KUTV: Internet Safety: Transcripts Of FBI Chat