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Friday, 2 November 2012

Be careful on the net [A royal advice for Facebook users]

                                                                  Prince Soma Norodom
Friday, 02 November 2012
By Princess Soma Norodom
Phnom Penh Post

Facebook is the most popular social networking website, and as of September this year it had more than a billion active users. The site’s third-quarter revenue for 2012 totalled $1.26 billion, an increase of 32 per cent from 2011.

Facebook is considered a tool for personal and business connections and, since its inception in 2004, it has changed the way we communicate and share information, no matter how personal.

US psychologists have discovered an ailment they call FAD, or Facebook addiction disorder, a form of addiction.

Estimates claim roughly 350 million people suffer from FAD. The side-effects include loss of productivity, the inability to concentrate, a superficiality of friendships and, in extreme cases, isolation.

Several high profile cases involving Facebook have recently been in the news.

In Nigeria in August, police reported that two serial killers had met their victim on Facebook and invited her to come to Lagos to buy goods at a discounted price.

When the victim arrived, she was taken to a hotel room, drugged, raped and strangled. Her body was found in the hotel.

She was their sixth victim.

Recently in New Jersey, a mother saw postings on Facebook by her two sons that led her to call the police. Her sons, aged 15 and 17, have now been charged with murdering a 12-year-old girl.

The two boys lured the victim, who was a BMX bike fan, to their home with the promise of trading bike parts.

A Cambodian woman was last week charged with the kidnapping and murder of a 19-year-old model after they became friends on Facebook. The victim’s profile increased after she won a beauty contest a month ago.

The woman was arrested after she sent a text to the victim’s family demanding a $50,000 ransom. The victim was strangled before a ransom could be sent.

Remember, your personal information is not safe – nor are you.

Here are a few tips and suggestions for using Facebook:
  1. Check your privacy settings regularly. Facebook is rapidly changing and it can be extremely hard to keep up with all that’s happening. Check your settings every week to be safe.
  2. Be cautious about your updates. Be careful about what you’re updating, especially if you tend to update your location. So if you’re updating things like getting ready to go on vacation or heading to the airport, you’re letting people know that you’re leaving your house.
  3. Be cautious before accepting new friends. Check their profile first to see who their mutual friends are before you accept. Many are scammers and have fake profiles.
  4. Think before you post photos. Make sure there are no identifying features like licence plates, addresses or full names in anything you post. Be wary of posting photos of your children. Many pedophiles use Facebook to lure and groom potential victims.
Next time you’re on Facebook, be conscious of how, and what, you are communicating.

Syria, Iran, China and Vietnam have banned Facebook. Here in Cambodia, we are privileged to have it.

Your message on Facebook is a reflection of who you are. Keep it real.

The Social Agenda with Soma Norodom
The views expressed above are solely the author’s and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for warning on FACEBOOK. It is important to circulate the message to every Khmer people when it comes the conflict between CPP (with their Communist Yuon/Vietnamese supporters or members) and opposition parties (SRP + HRP = CNRP, KPPM, and others).

Anonymous said...

Good advice and I like your smile. Also enjoy your controversial article about the ex-king's funeral.

Anonymous said...

I like your straight talk and your smile,your concerns about the safety of naive people that using the net to communicate with one another.Good advice for those newbies thanks.My advice to these newbies is trust no one.Most of the internet these days are fakes profile.Do not trust anyone,scammers prey on the naive and the newbies,don't reveal your real identity to stranger.Remember there are bookermen criminals out there are waiting to scam you if you are not becareful.

*Remember trust no one, NONE!!!! Enjoy your internet be safe......Don't put your guard down knowing who you are dealing with...

Yobal Khmer

Anonymous said...

Which one is correct ?

Soma Norodom និង Norodom Soma តើសរសេរ

របៀបមួយណាត្រឹមត្រូវជាង ? គ្មានមួយណាខុស ហើយ

ក៏គ្មានមួយណាត្រូវប្រាកដនោះដែរ​។ ព្រះអម្ចាស់ក្សត្រីយ៍

ធ្លាប់រស់នៅសហរដ្ធអាមេរិកដែលប្រើ គោត្តនាមពីក្រោយ។

បើយើងសង្កេតមើលព្រះនាម មហាវិរក្សត្រ នាសម័យអង្គរ

ក៏ឃើញថាព្រះគោត្តនាមដាក់ពីខាងក្រោយដែរ គឺព្រះគោត្ត

នាម វរ្ម័ន ឧទាហរណ៍ សូរ្យវរ្ម័ន ជ័យវរ្ម័ន ឧទ័យាទិត្យវរ្ម័ន

ជាដើម គឺស្របដូច សោមា នរោត្តម ព្រោះ នរោត្តម ជាព្រះ

គោត្តនាម ។ រួមសេចក្ដីមក របៀបសរសេរទាំងពីរខាងលើ

" គ្មានមួយណាខុស ហើយក៏គ្មានមួយណាត្រូវប្រាកដនោះដែរ "។

ក្រពុំ ឈូក ស

Anonymous said...

Both are correct! Which one do you want to call/ use?

Anonymous said...

dark skin, khmer's blood, American's woman want to be.,
white washed...

Anonymous said...

Stop your ignorant hater of Khmer people,dark skin is beautiful,white pale skin is ugly and prone to be caused cancer agent when expose to U.V ray from the sun.Which one you prefer dark and lovely khmers or white/pale and ugly like srey Yuons or chins?