Tell The Kids To Fib

A U.S. agency says laws are needed to protect children's privacy online. But you can do better

Sometimes you have to teach your kids to fib--or at least learn one of the grownup versions: using a pseudonym. Online, it's the best way to defend your privacy. This often arises when you go to a web page looking for something like free, trial software. Many sites won't let you proceed to their goodies without divulging some personal data--which they will shamelessly rent, sell or trade to who knows whom. So I simply make up a name, address, phone number, zip code or e-mail address. And I encourage my children to do the same.

(Note: I do not do this...

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