[Ansteorra] Child safety - new & bad google feature

Lily Rose Sinclaire lilyrose.sinclaire at gmail.com
Tue May 15 10:52:23 PDT 2007


As a tangent to the child safety exchanges going on on this list, I thought
it might be useful to forward this email to the Kingdom. I just received it
from my daughter's teacher.

This is the first time I hear of this feature, and although I have been a
great fan of Google since the beginning, this really is taking it too far.

By the way, my number *is* unlisted (or so I thought) and I am on the
"federal do no call list" yet my number still came up publicly accessible
through this search. So, the end of this message is erroneous - you can be
found even if your number is unlisted.

Lily Rose

"Hello 7A Parents,

I'm forwarding this email on to you.  FYI


Team 7A

- Hide quoted text -
Hello all,

Please read below and then send to your parent emails as an FYI and
safety precaution.

Thank you,

Amanda Hamm

Prevention Supervisor - Aprende Region

(480) 783-2295 office

(480) 215-4497 cell

ahamm at kyrene.org


Google has implemented a new feature  which enables you to type a
telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be
given the person's name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you
will get a map to the person's house. Everyone should be aware of
this!  It's a nationwide reverse telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up
to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and

Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried
my number and it came up along with the mapquest and directions
straight to our house. I did fill out the removal form for myself, and
encourage all of you to do the same. Quite scary.

Please look up your own number.

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: google
( http://www.google.com/) Type your phone  number in the search bar
(i.e. 555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from
divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone
number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.

Check your own number and although this may not apply to you if you
have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you may
know someone who needs to know this.

Please share this information with friends and family. "

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