Friday, January 11, 2013

Baby Hacker

little kid came home a month or so ago all jazzed up about some website called Animal Jam. He suddenly needed computer access, and I was curious about what had him so excited about getting online.

He said he got on the site at school and knowing their very strict policy, I didn't think much of it other than a cursory glance to make sure it was halfway educational. Then he started talking about how one kid was creating log-ins for all of the others, and I thought that was odd. Then he mentioned that they all meet at a predetermined location within the game so they can "buddy" each other and chat online, both at school and home.

They are six years old, and have managed to turn access to National Geographic Kids at school into a classroom social network. This is interesting, amazing, and a little scary.

I was pretty sure it wasn't allowed and was wondering if I should say something about what they were doing, but alas, little kid came home today and said access was banned because someone hacked (that's the word he used--hacked) into someone else's account and maliciously deleted all of their objects, making them cry.

I strongly suspect it was little kid's love interest (and our neighbor) who did this, and the worried look on his face when I voiced my suspicions made me think he suspects her too. But he's standing by his woman.

I am going to tattle on her though.

And I'm making him change his password

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