This was linked at Fark and generated a pretty good thread. It’s some county sheriff in Washington and a “personal safety with computers” page. Okay, maybe that’s still a reasonable thing to worry about, but look at the advice given. Some highlights:
“The “Information Super Highway,” which is made up of commercial online services such as Prodigy, America Online, CompuServe, and the Internet, allows millions of people around the world to communicate anonymously in a virtually uncontrolled electronic world.” Okay, first off, has anyone been able to call it “The Information Super Highway” in the last decade without sounding like a complete idiot? And second, I had no idea Prodigy and CompuServe were still available. And third, did you know that there was once an ISP called The Internet?
“Report all electronic harassment and/or abuse. As parents, you should notify the ISP (Internet Service Provider) or BBS (Bulletin Board System) SYSOP (system operator) of the problem. If the SYSOP does not give you satisfaction in stopping this abuse, notify the police.” Yes, I’ll get right on notifying the SYSOP of my local BBS. Once I find a local BBS and hook the modem up.
“Computer files ending in GIF, JPG, BMP, TIF, PCX, DL, GL, FLI, MPG, AVI, MOV - these are picture or graphic files and parents should know what they illustrate. Image files may be pictures of a sexual nature and can be of very high quality, moving pictures, and even include sound.” I had no idea you could get porn on the Internet. Why didn’t anyone tell me this?
“An obsession with fantasy adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Trade Wars” The 80s called and they want their moral panic back. And, seriously, Trade Wars? Can you even find somewhere to play that game these days?
“Control all internet activity. Monitor the times and the numbers dialed.
Closely monitor your long distance telephone bill for unexplained calls. With online services and bulletin boards all over the world, it is easy to start calling long distance for special systems.” Again, I’ll be sure to check on this, as soon as I hook the modem up.
The entire article reads like something that was copied and pasted from something written around 1994. The full article is linked below.