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Truth, and the Internet*

  • Teach your kids that not everything they read or see online is true. Encourage them to ask you if they’re not sure.

I came across this bullet-point on a security vendor’s* helpful tips & advice page. I was looking at Internet Safety tips for parents sites, as part of my relentless pursuit of bringing you, Dear Reader, the best gosh-durn information possible. (‘Cause that’s the kinda guy I am.) That particular point was #10 on a 10 Things Parents Should Do list.
It’s a good bullet-point. Agreed?

Not to get too far off the topic here, but how are parents supposed to do that when they themselves haven’t learned it? People believe what they see in print.. and what the CBS Evening News tells them.

Okay.. I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about people. Them. All those other cars on the freeway. They believe it because they read it in their local paper, or saw it on TV. Or.. CNN.  Or they “Googled it”.
And those things never lie.

[The media are businesses. Businesses need to make profits. Headlines sell papers. Fear makes headlines. Add it all up and you get– The Media is in the business of profiting from your fears.]

How many lies, distortions, or “misreporting’s” have you found in print or seen on TV as you’ve traveled down life’s path? One? Two? Each and every day?

Here’s the Truth: The Internet is the worst possible source of information because any-old nutcase with a computer can publish there (like I am doing right now) AND it is the best possible source of information because any-old nutcase with a computer can publish — without government interference, unmotivated by profit, and “say it as he sees it” (like I am doing right now).
A confusing dichotomy.

A confusing dichotomy I urge you to always remember.. and to tell your kids about… that should make for an interesting conversation!

Tip of the day: Don’t be ignorant of the dangers of the Internet. Educate yourself and your friends and your kids about online predators, identity-stealing spyware, and phishing e-mails, and take steps to get protected. (A good way to do that is to become one of this site’s regular readers. To make it easy, click on the orange “feed” icon, or “Bookmark” me.)

* The advice page referred to is at Webroot’s (SpySweeper) Website. Their advice page is here. It has four main categories: Internet Dangers, Online Activities, Threats, and Resources.
Of course, modestly sprinkled in with all the free advice is urgings to buy their product (which is OK, SpySweeper is consistently in the Top 3) which you are free to ignore. There is some really good information there, and it’s bullet-point easy to read. It is Today’s free link.

If you have a computer in your home, and you have a child in your home, you might also want to take a look at my other Internet+Kids related articles. Clicking this link will produce a page with all my past articles that are ‘tagged’ with those keywords. My special page on safety advice is here.

Did you miss my Top 10 list? Click here for my Top 10 Things You Should Do To Your Computer.


*Original posting 3/26/08

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July 25, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, kids and the Internet, tech | , , , , , ,


  1. […] opinionatedbean wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Teach your kids that not everything they read or see online is true. Encourage them to ask you if they’re not sure. […]


    Pingback by Truth, and the Internet* | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul,

    As the fellow said “there’s your truth”, “there’s my truth” and then “there’s the truth”. In a conflicting world of “truths” your advice needs to be taken to heart by a great many more people.

    Truth is not a negotable commodity – it either is, or it isn’t, the “truth”.



    Comment by Bill Mullins | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Completely true. The internet is certainly not the place to look for facts. Since a lot of the stuff can be just a big lie. Written by anybody about anything. So, we have to be careful and educate our children to not believe everything they find on the net.


    Comment by dunnderboy | April 30, 2009 | Reply

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