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I was excited when Paul contacted me from http://womworld.com/ a Nokia-sponsored platform saying that they had seen and liked my blogs and my art. Paul asked me if would I like to trial the Nokia N900 handset and particularly the Sketch application which comes loaded free on it. Asking me to share my experiences good or bad with the WOMWorld blog.
Another N900 Review
Tools available are …..
2 – Saving the last pen settings, so that it doesn’t go back to default.
3 – Zoom – a must!
I’m flattered some people are saying they like my sketches, but I thought I should do better, here is some of my other art http://michelledh.deviantart.com/
I think I should have also tried Mypaint for N900 which is for digital artists but as I was just doing this for @womworldnokia I didn’t think of it. Maybe next time 🙂
Facebook say they have “no objection in principle” to installing an anti-paedophile panic button on its site for kids who feel that they may be in danger.….
This one statement has produced two different sides of coverage…..
Facebook rules out installing ‘panic button’
What exactly does that statement mean?
Facebook was criticised for not doing enough to protect our youngsters after the murder of Ashleigh Hall. The schoolgirl was killed by 33 year old serial rapist Peter Chapman who pretended to be young boy on the site and lured her to her death.
However it seems that a CEOP panic button would not have helped Ashleigh as it has been reported that she didn’t suspect his motives so she had no reason to feel threatened by him, he seemed to her like a pleasant teenage boy. This led her to secretly meet him, telling her mum she was staying at a friend’s house – soon later she was dead.
I’m not sure why Facebook would not want to install a CEOP Panic button; I originally thought they were concerned about blatant misuse and the unavoidable work that would go into monitoring it. However reports from the CEOP ‘Report Abuse’ mechanism go directly to the child exploitation and on line protection intelligence centre and the team there then analyse, assess and take appropriate action according to the perceived risk and threat to an individual child, so I assume it would not be any more work or cost to Facebook am I wrong?
MSN and Bebo have had these buttons for some time and I believe they are working for them.
Facebook do have their own links on the help page already for various concerns about harassment, bullying or suspected paedophiles but you do have to look for them. A button on each page would mean immediate reporting.
Whether or not this Button materialises or not it still remains apparent that we need to educate our children. They too, like to social network online which I assume is why they have 400+ friends on their accounts, there is no way at 15 etc they “know” this many people and the strangers that they are friends with are gaining information and looking at pictures of them each day, and especially where children/teenagers are concerned this is not good and not safe.
Trust is a two way street
We can help as parents to keep the communications open, so that teens will feel comfortable enough talk to us about what they are doing in their lives.
Some key features that we know but sometimes forget….
Be Available – don’t always say “In a minute”.
Don’t ask too many difficult questions – they will clam up.
Try not to be defensive.
Be straight forward in giving feedback.
Talk about yourself, not always about what they do wrong.
Continue with physical affection – let them know you care.
Always give positive feedback when they do right.
Protecting our kids
We would all like some way of protecting our teenagers from these beasts other than the usual advice (like these) which some youngsters choose to ignore, teenagers know best, right? We need to reinforce these guidelines.
- Never meet someone on your own – especially not without telling your family exactly where you are going. MOST IMPORTANT!
- You cannot trust anyone, (sad but true) even if they promise you the world.
- Be sensible about what information you put on your profile page – obviously never put your address or phone number.
- In order to prevent harassment from strangers, be careful to accept friend requests only from people you know in real life.
- Always report any messages or profiles that look suspicious.
- If someone is abusive use “Report/Block person” link that appears at the bottom of the user’s profile.
- Don’t have suggestive or sexual profile pictures this can only attract the wrong type of person.
- Be careful what photos you let everyone see, only put pictures in albums you would be happy for your mum to see – “friends only” is a an excellent privacy button.
- Remember there is a link to report a possible sex offender on the Facebook help page, so if you are concerned use this link
Facebook has an age limit of 13; there is a reason for this. Maybe you didn’t realise how easy it is for kids to bypass this; perhaps it might help if Facebook made this harder to access. It worries me that children of this age or younger could be targeted; perhaps you think the age limit should be higher?
These guidelines don’t stop the fun, chatting and playing games with their friends on line, that is what it’s all about but it is time to start being a bit more vigilant and see if we can get our kids to be. On its own I’m still not convinced another link/button will help but alongside some basic guidance and our help, it will assist. It’s a dangerous world out there; we need to not invite it into our homes.
Chatroulette came back today after a week offline when we (parents/others) were hoping that they were having a spring clean to dust away all of the cobwebs (Nasty bits).
Sadly not, from what I hear it is still the same, the cobwebs still there, in all their glory! One report from Mashable said that it was a full 4 mins of refreshing before the naked male appendages stopped appearing on the screen.
I really did think that’s why they took it offline for so long. From what I’ve read there are a few interface changes here and there and if you don’t have a camera installed you won’t see images. It doesn’t seem as if it is fully up and running so that might change. All in all nothing very exciting at all.
Its highly blogged, talked, written that its just full of perverts and people connecting simply to have a laugh at the perverts for a brief moment until the novelty wears off. Usually after a few minutes of watching old men play with themselves.
I do agree that Andrey Ternovskiy, had a good idea for this site, for a good reason, video chat with your friends, great. But is there anyone that actually uses it for that? I don’t think so. Chatroulette know the problem, they once said they were working to clean it up, so why is it still the same?
Was all this downtime just to get a bit of publicity? To get people talking about Chatroulette again, as it had all got a little boring? Well its still mind-numbingly tiresome and it still needs to be free of those cobwebs.
You can read on websites that some people are relegated to the bedroom to watch the 14inch portable TV all night, while their partner plays on the Xbox on the 42inch plasma.
1 – Choose a good avatar – I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, an actual photo of yourself is best, people like to see who they are tweeting with. If you are tweeting for a large business then the logo will be appropriate… sometimes. However people prefer to “talk” to a face.
2 – Write an interesting bio– write what you are interested in, you are then more likely to get followers with the same interests as yourself and of course people then know you are real. Or just write a witty comment, this also works for me, it makes me want to find out more.
3 – Add a URL of your website, personal blog, LinkedIn, MySpace – anything that people can see you have an online presence and they can learn a bit more about you.
4 – Publish your Twitter profile on your blogs, websites anywhere you can, so that those followers have the choice of following you also on Twitter.
5 – Tweet – you need to tweet, tweet things that interest you and followers will come. Try not to be too boring although we all do it. *Guilty* I can’t really advise you on what to tweet or how often to tweet as different people like different things but you will work it out eventually.
6 – Retweet – retweet interesting content that you have read, whether it be exciting blogs, website entries, articles “its called sharing” and if you share other users tweets then hopefully they will share yours, doesn’t always work that way and it doesn’t matter, you are still sharing. Also people searching for followers will see what you are in to. (I would advise reading the link before you just retweet it and sometimes you might just need to do a little research to make sure its real, its embarrassing RTing something that’s then found out to be fake.)
Example; when you see a tweet that a celebrity has died, don’t just retweet it – Google it! Or find out where the tweet originated from.
7 –Engage in conversations, that’s what twitter is all about, don’t be frightened to just jump in and chat with people, that is what they want, its why we are there. If what they are tweeting was private they would be talking in DM or another medium.
8 – Reply – reply to your @’s this to me is just good manners, if someone has taken the time to tweet to you then its only fair and decent that you should reply – also to those people that RT your tweets, its polite to say thank you. Okay, sometimes we all miss tweets or we are not around but most of the time, there is not excuse not to just acknowledge an @ even with just a 😉
9 – Follow people back that interest you – this is maybe a choice thing, some people don’t want to follow lots of users back, they say it hard to keep up with the timeline if you have over a certain number, and they like to keep to a small, personal group. I am not saying you need to follow EVERYONE back, check them out first you are under no obligation. However, I do think its polite especially if you have had conversations with a person that is following you. They are good enough to tweet with then they should be good enough to follow. When you are both following each other it seems more intimate, more of a friendship, and if there are groups of you all following each other, that is when the fun starts! Also following someone makes them feel valued. There is always a good chance that if you haven’t followed back that you will lose that follower anyway.
Update – Late last night James posted that he’d changed the application, it now has a checkbox and an explanation of score.
How do you know who to follow on Twitter?
He are a few sites to check out.
How do you control your followed or followers?
I know a lot of people now are keeping down their number of followed, some to a ridiculous amount, but to follow too few people to me is pointless being a part of Twitter and to be followed back makes you feel like your opinion counts.
Who cares about our teens and young adults
They need at least 20’000 signatures from the international community to sign the International Charter of Rights. So that the unique needs of younger people with cancer are met and recognized.