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Rebecca Newton
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Rebecca Newton

US
Mother of two daughters and currently 3 grandchildren. I've been in the online space since the mid 80s and in online community for 20 years. I'm the Chief Community & Safety Officer at Mind Candy, a UK company that owns several IPs including MoshiMonsters.com. I'm a member of the UKCCIS, the FOSI.org board, co-founder of VirtualCommunitySummit.com and speak about kids, the web and online safety around the globe. I also manage the world's oldest listserv of online community professionals, e-mint, on Yahoo! Groups.

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Chief Community & Safety Officer
Qualifications:
  • UKCCIS member
  • FOSI.com Board member
Working for:
Mind Candy Inc. www.mindcandy.com

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  • Questions 0
  • Answers 12
  • Followers 15
  • Follows 14
  • Votes given 18
  • Votes received 25
Questions Answers Comments Votes
26Sep
Should I worry about my child being blackmailed online?

That's an excellent point. It's not always about stranger danger...the biggest problems come from within their own families and communities, such as ...

26Sep

I completely agree with the sound advice given above and would like to add that children are also blackmailed online by other children that they know ...

25Sep
Should I worry about my child being blackmailed online?

Glad you find it useful. I'm happy to expand should anyone want more info. I've seen the unhappy result of this problem too often, as CEOP has. My ...

25Sep
Should I worry about my child being blackmailed online?

I wouldn't worry, but I'd be very sure you explain to your child (8 years and up) what can happen when sharing personal information in any form, ...

02Mar

It's vital that parents have an idea of what apps their kids are accessing, and either prevent them from playing games that involve in-app purchases ...

02Mar

The issue with the Apple lawsuit was due to games that were advertised as "Free" not adequately explaining that they contained in-app purchases. I ...

02Mar

I must say it irritates me to see stories of 'woe is us, my kid spent £12,000 on in-app purchases. First off I wish my credit so so good that £12,000 ...

02Mar

At the hack to the future conference last year a hacker by the name of Freaky Clown demonstrated a piece of software that could calculate a Flickr ...

01Mar
Can pedophiles stalk our kids using embed GPS information stored in smartphone photos?

A potential groomer could locate any one with enough information to do so. It's not difficult for them with parents posting photos and information ...

01Mar
Are apps stalking our kids?

I agree with much of what Hayley and Andrew have stated above. I think it's important to understand that it's not scalable to obtain parent ...

01Mar

Yes. If you’ve watched your kid play [Talking Tom Cat](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outfit7.talkingtom), you know that at least ...

01Mar

Stalking is a very emotive word. Our tracks online are recorded in many ways, like all these things the reactions in the media are often excessive. ...

01Mar
In-app purchases: whose responsibility?

This is a difficult situation in that children are not in control of their impulses and rarely have any real idea about spending. I believe it's our ...

01Mar

I just received a quote about this from an online pocket money provider saying kids should be taught the value of money. Well, yes they should but ...

15Feb

Ruth Arnold: "YouTube is without doubt a fantastic resource, BUT I think it's also entirely unsuitable for kids to use unsupervised." I agree fully ...

15Feb

The sensible answer here has to be no, the more realistic answer is this is something many parents do. I myself am guilty as charged, ...

15Feb

YouTube is without doubt a fantastic resource, BUT I think it's also entirely unsuitable for kids to use unsupervised. The "related videos" links can ...

15Feb

**Yes, in about 16 of the 50 states in the US.** This is a good roll-up of the state of cyberbullying laws in the United States, listed state by ...

Q: Should I worry about my child being blackmailed online?

A: I wouldn't worry, but I'd be very sure you explain to your child (8 years and up) what can happen when sharing personal information in any form, ...

3 years ago

Q: Can pedophiles stalk our kids using embed GPS information stored in smartphone photos?

A: A potential groomer could locate any one with enough information to do so. It's not difficult for them with parents posting photos and information ...

4 years ago

Q: Are apps stalking our kids?

A: I agree with much of what Hayley and Andrew have stated above. I think it's important to understand that it's not scalable to obtain parent ...

4 years ago

Q: In-app purchases: whose responsibility?

A: This is a difficult situation in that children are not in control of their impulses and rarely have any real idea about spending. I believe it's our ...

4 years ago

Q: At what age is it acceptable to allow a child unsupervised internet use?

A: I like to think of the online world as I do the offline world. When do I stop walking my children to the bus stop? When do I let them cross the ...

4 years ago

Q: Should ISPs take more responsibility for protecting children?

A: Andrew Weekes covered it all. It's a parent (and school during school hours) responsibility. We don't expect a private company or the govt. to follow ...

4 years ago

Q: Whose responsibility is your kid’s online privacy?

A: I agree with everyone above and really like Marty's statement in particular. It baffles me that anyone thinks it's the government or private sector's ...

4 years ago

Q: Is Foursquare a risk for children?

A: It's a risk for for anyone who's being watched or preyed upon, yes. It's not just a risk for children, in that sense. However, the chances of a ...

4 years ago

Q: Should we encourage our kids to self-censor in case teachers or employers are watching?

A: We should teach children identical behavior online as we teach in the offline world. If you wouldn't say it in front of your teacher or grandparent ...

4 years ago

Q: How can stay at home parents work from home, online?

A: I've worked from home for 16 or 17 years, managing groups as large as 250 around the world. Online moderation is a great job for someone working from ...

4 years ago

Q: What ages are best suited to Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils?

A: Moshi Monsters is designed for 7-12 year old children. There is a significant population of parents, grandparents and women of all ages who play ...

4 years ago

Q: Is the internet really a dark and dangerous place?

A: Well said, Simon. Thanks for the stats! I'm just finishing an extensive study on offline crime versus online crime. There is a misconception that the ...

4 years ago

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