As fun as Weblogs may be for the adults of the world, it is possible that they might be cause for concern when it comes to kids. The BBC is reporting that blogs could in fact become a paedophile’s dream being kids are so honest and open about their lives online when updating their journals.
The Justice 1 Committee is examining a bill to create the specific offence of “grooming” and bringing in 10-year jail terms for meeting children for sex.
A forensic psychologist spoke about the dangers of online journals, or blogs, and pictures posted directly online.
Rachel O’Connell said adults could use weblogs to learn about children.
Dr O’Connell said that the emergence of moblogs – mobile weblogs – allowed even faster transfer of pictures to the internet using mobile telephones with cameras.
She said: “This is just a paedophile’s dream because you have children uploading pictures, giving out details of their everyday life because it’s an online journal.”
The psychologist, whose research and work with police and other agencies has included posing as a child on internet newsgroups, said predatory adults could use an RSS feeder program – a syndication tool – to be instantly e-mailed any picture when it was added to a blogging site.
“The parameters of grooming are now about to alter whereby they don’t necessarily have to have contact with the child,” she said.