Parents, Sex Predators and Children on Facebook

Hurrah for the parents trying to protect their children from sex offenders on the Net. But the question that needs to be asked is: were the parents negligent in the first place in allowing their children to open Facebook accounts in the first place?

Unspun‘s met many parents who speak with great pride of the ability of the apple of their eyes’ great ability to log in and play around the Net. They huff and they puff about how tech savvy their children are.

Unspun and the missues usually listen in dismay as we hold the view that children are best kept out of the Net until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

This does not mean that we make the Unspunlet a Luddite. On the contrary we encourage him, all eight years, to know his way around the computer and some selected sites. But we try our best to keep Unspunlet’s photo and name out of the public domain as much as possible. The Net can be a really dangerous place as very, very smart and crafty paedophiles and criminals can lurk around, comfortable in the anonymity that the Net provides.

We think that perhaps 13 or 14 may be an appropriate age to start allowing him some supervised web presence but then again we are not very sure. What we are sure is that 8 is still too young for him to fly solo into the Internet wilderness.

So far Unspunlet does not show any signs of deprivation. He’s happy and as normal a boy can be at his age with an Unspun as his father. Kids do not really need to go social networking tht early in life and parents who encourage their children to do so are beling irresposible.

This extract from The Jakarta Globe today:

Parents Log On to Facebook to Protect Their Children From Sexual Predators

As police investigate several recent cases involving sexual predators on Facebook, concerned parents across Jakarta are taking matters into their own hands to protect their children — even if it means violating their privacy.

Nanni Purnama, an East Jakarta mother of three, including two teenage girls, told the Jakarta Globe that she already had access to her children’s accounts on the popular social networking site.

“I know their passwords,” she said. “They also have access to each other’s Facebook accounts.”

“I want all three of them to be open to their parents, as well as to their siblings. I have to know who their friends are and what they put up on Facebook,” she added.

Nanni said she also conducted periodical “surprise inspections” of her children’s cellphones, reading through their text messages and going over their incoming and outgoing calls.

“I am doing this to protect my children from those who have the power to harm them,” she said. “They should have nothing to hide from me.”

Nanni’s youngest child, Fathur, 12, said that unlike his sisters, Irin, 17, and Bella, 15, the only reason he had a Facebook account was because he was asked to open one as part of his computer class at school.

“My mother does not allow me to confirm friend requests on Facebook from people I don’t know,” he said. “All my Facebook friends are just friends from school or from extracurricular activities, such as futsal.”

Evie Komarwati, a mother of four, including a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, said she had taught all of her children to have zero tolerance for strangers on Facebook.

“I recently opened a Facebook account myself — I needed to know how it works,” she said.

via Parents Log On to Facebook to Protect Their Children From Sexual Predators – The Jakarta Globe.

Panting over panties on Valentine’s day

It’s a Friday afterall so time for some silly stories to get us all in a good mood for the weekend.

This story below is from The Daily Chilli, The Star’s scandal sheet online. You wonder what students in Malaysia get up to for a good time. Is it the repressed atmosphere in the campuses that makes students want to remove as many strictures on themselves as possible?

And whence the origin of the slang word “commando” to denote women who choose to go, er al fresco beneath their skirts?

Worth noting in the story below too is the stance of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department that holds forth that Valentines Day is not for Muslims. Not for thou is romance on the Infidel saint’s day.

Panty-less warning for Valentine’s day

By Edward Rajendra

Love birds are in danger of being trapped by the snoop squads of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department JAIS this Valentine’s Day, but girls who go ‘commando’ panty-less may just get away with it.

While female students in institutes of higher learning in Selangor are being encouraged by word of mouth or via the grapevine, electronic or otherwise, about not wearing panties on that day to express their love for their boyfriends, the JAIS officers are all worked up over these deviant acts.

Jais director Datuk Mohamed Khusrin Munawi said he was disgusted by the promotion of such immoral activities.”Muslims must understand that Valentine’s Day is not for them. We will not allow Muslim students to be taken in by such celebrations that deviate from the teachings of Islam.”

At this moment, we are unable to determine the source of the ‘no-panties movement’, but those encouraging such a culture are irresponsible,” he added.

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Sexy underwear for the dead

Was recently in the historic town of Malacca in Malaysia and strolling through its old quarter when we chanced on one of several shops that sold offering for the dearly departed. The Chinese believe that when people die they go to a Second Life-like parallel universe where they would still enjoy the materialistic things that their relatives offer to them.

Imagination and a mercenary streak has ensured that the makers of these items, which are burnt as offerings to the dead, have kept up with the times. Hence you have paper cans of beer, paper Mercedes cars (complete with chauffeur), paper handphones and most mod cons you can think of, including the houseboys and pembantus.

Unspun was, however, still struck by the novelty of it all when he and Loved One came across this shop near Malacca’s famous Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and its shopfront display of sexy underwear for the dead. Doesn’t this make you wonder what kind of a relative would buy such merchandise for their dearly departed (and what sort of character she must have been when alive. Granted could be a He at which case…kinky!)?

Check out the sexy underwear for the dead. Also notice the faux cans of Carlsberg nearby. Do the dead get sloshed before they bonk?

On more reason to lose some weight

This story in The Star’s scandal website, Daily Chilli, sounds incredible if true. Unspun’s not taking chances though and hitting the treadmill machines at 5.30am tomorrow. Being overweight is bad for your health but this adds a whole new dimension to the problem of obesity.

Gang which killed people for their fat

A gang in the Peruvian jungle has been killing people and draining fat from the corpses to sell on the black market for use in cosmetics, although medical experts say they doubt a major market for fat exists.

Three suspects confessed to killing five people, but the gang may have been involved in dozens more, said Col. Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru’s anti-kidnapping police.

A police officer displaying two bottles containing human fat

A police officer displaying two bottles containing human fat

He said one suspect claimed the gang wasn’t the only one doing such killings.

Mejia said two of the suspects were arrested carrying bottles of liquid human fat and told police it was worth ($15,000 a litre) (RM50,875).

The fat was sold to intermediaries in Peru’s capital, Lima, and police suspect it was then sold to cosmetic companies in Europe.

Medical experts expressed doubt about an international black market for human fat, though it does have cosmetic applications.

A dermatology professor at Yale University, Dr. Lisa Donofrio, speculated that a small market may exist for “human fat extracts” to keep skin supple, but she said that scientifically such treatments are “pure baloney.”

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Food at first flush

Unspun supposes it is futile to ask why anyone would go to a restaurant that bases itself on the Toilet Bowl Concept?

Perhaps it attracts scatologists form all over the world. It apparently originated in Japan and has now seeped its way to Malaysia.

Unspun received notification of this restaurant through spam mail and fortunately had had breakfast before getting to the message.

I believed you have heard about the Toilet Bowl Restaurant before! Do you know that Malaysia, Penang also has this similar restaurant? Beside that, T-Bowl concept restaurant’s interior and the tableware design are base on the bathroom concept too. It lets you experience a different sense of taste and environment excitement. Further good news is that the T-Bowl restaurant will be setting his footstep in the Kuala Lumpur Sungei Wang Plaza, in order to let more people to be able to cater in a new generation of dining pleasure.

Forward planning

Spotted in Melbourne recently. Some people like to plan ahead for the inevitable things in life, or in death. Unspun thinks its actually quite neat and such planning won’t saddle the relatives with huge bills.

Is it morbid or a considerate forethought?

Pre paid

Malaysia to retaliate against Batik Day by claiming the koteka?

Indonesia was awash with batik today as Indonesians, heeding President SBY’s call, wore batik to commemorate UNESCO’s placement of the Indonesian batik dyeing technique on its Cultural Heritage list.

Malaysia is not happy with it as it feels that I actually owns batik, like it owns Sulawesi songs and anything in the Malay Archipelego.

Not content with letting Indonesian trump the Truly Asian nation in the cultural sweepstakes Malaysia has now, according to Unspun‘s unreliable sources, shifted its focus to another cultural item that it can patent – along with Hainese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Bah Kut Teh and Chili Crabs – the koteka!

“Many people think that the Papuans are the only ones who wear kotekas but the truth is that Malaysians have been wearing it for many years, only that we are not so uncouth as to wear only the koteks without other clothes on,” said a source from the Malaysian Tourism office.

“But we have historical records, including as yet unpublicised photos of all the Malaysian Cabinet members wearing it in their secret initiation rites, before they go through their paces in the formal one in Parliament.”

“Some Umno members have also been known to prefer brandishing their koteka over the keris when threatening people of other races because it is actually a better measure of their manhood,” said a professor in University Malaya.

The Papuans, of course are not amused, as evidenced by this photo that has been making the rounds in Indonesia.