Obliging Responsibilities As A Blogger – Thanks For The Link!

Posted on February 3, 2009. Filed under: advice, Communication, Fame, Kaneva Inc. | Tags: , , , , , , |


Yesterday I noticed that this blog was actually linked to from the official Kaneva blog.  My first thought was… Wow, that’s pretty neat…. even though I bash on them a bit and use what might be considered “inappropriate language”, Kaneva, Inc. was able to look past this and see The Kanevian Blog as a great source of marketing… So, thank you Kaneva!

My next thought was, ok so now that I’ve actually become a source referenced by Kaneva maybe it’s time I become a more responsible (and smarter) blogger…. you know; doing things like making my posts a little more SEO friendly, moving the blog off of wordpress.com onto my own server, look into a site re-design, bust my ass to get more subscribers, and occasionally write about something that matters.

In this post, I decided to write about something that matters…. Child safety on the internet (or “internets” as I like to call it… hahaha, but seriously folks).  This is becoming a bigger and bigger topic on Kaneva and has always been a big topic since the internet become a household fixture for almost every family across the world.

The internet has many positives and great learning opportunities for children. However, there also the inherent danger of a communication channel that is very large and fast.

We’ve all seen the To Catch A Predator specials on Dateline NBC and know that the existence of child predators are all too real. Many of these internet dangers can be avoided and I would like to offer some tips to the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, however you are that may have a child that uses your computer.

All of the suggestions below are recommended to be used together, not individually. Any kind of security (home, business, computer) work best in layers.

Use an Internet Filter

Many companies offer an internet filter that can be used to allow only the websites you would like your child to view. These filters can also be setup to monitor keystrokes your child makes on the computer and keep an extensive history of internet browsing history on your pc.

Companies, such as bsafe online (who come highly recommended by several ‘family values’ personalities) even offer integrated anti-virus and specific report features.

Internet filters are a great tool, however, kids are getting smarter with computers and may eventually figure out how to get around the filters (there is always a way to get the cheese from the mousetrap without getting caught). This is why I recommend other tactics for keeping your child safe online such as –

Location, Location, Location

Keep your computer in a “high traffic” area of your house. These areas could be

  • The family room
  • The living room
  • The kitchen
  • An office that is in an open location

Although a computer in a child’s bedroom may be okay for playing games or doing homework, this computer should not be connected to the internet.

If you have a child that is surfing the net, you should be able to see their computer screen with a quick glance. If you can’t, then it may be time to move your computer to another location of the house.

Laying Down The Law

Write up a list of rules for computer use and keep a copy of it next to the computer. Make sure you have read the rules over with your child and that they fully understand them, and the consequences for braking the rules. Also, have them sign a copy of the agreement to reinforce the importance of it (a good example of this agreement can be found on CNN’s website here).

You also will want to know who your children’s on-line friends are. You want to know who they are hanging out with in real life, why would this be any different on the computer?

Google Their Name

Google is a great tool for finding all sorts of things on the internet, including information about your child. Since social networking sites like myspace and facebook rank highly on search engines, there is a good chance you may be able to see your child’s personal page. By searching for their name, you might also see what type of personal information they may have gave out (you would be surprised at how much information you can get about someone if you have only their phone number).

Go ahead and play private-eye for a bit, the time spent may well be worth it.

As a side note about personal information on the internet:

If a site is specifically child oriented it must meet Federal Trade Commission guidelines. Find out if the sites they visit comply and what rules are in place. Under law, if a child is under 13, Web sites have to get parental permission to get personal information.

Who To Contact If You Think Your Child Might Have Been or Is Being Victimized.

Keeping your child safe online is one of those parental responsibilities that is new and always evolving. If you have any good advice for keeping children safe online, please post it in the comments below.

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The Importance of Fame

Posted on October 8, 2008. Filed under: building, Fame | Tags: , , , |

Many people have their own reason for why their fame level is important to them.  Some will tell you it’s because they want to appear on the Kaneva Leaderboard, some may like all the activities that go into creating fame, and some are like me – they enjoy the rewards every time a new fame level is reached.

Since I’ve been “remodeling” my Kspace, I’ve really needed the rewards (I’m too cheap to buy credits).  I could care less about the titles, popularity, or anything like that.  Although, being on the leaderboard might increase the amount of traffic to this site, which would be nice [HINT – Link to this page from your profile =) ].

Here are all of the current ways to earn fame (look at this forum post for the latest ways to earn fame):

Fame Packets you can earn only once:

  • Invite a Friend: 10 join Kaneva
  • Invite a Friend: 25 join Kaneva
  • Invite a Friend: 50 join Kaneva
  • Add 5 friends in Kaneva (different than the Invite a Friend program), adding 1 new friend will trigger 4 of your current friends to “count” to the total
  • Create a hangout or use a deed

Repeatable Fame Packets— These can be done as many times as a day as you want.

  • Dance Floor: 10 unique members visit your dance floor
  • Dance Floor: 35 unique members visit your dance floor (you get a double bonus for both the 10 and 35 packets)
  • Home: 10 unique members visit your home
  • Home: 10 unique members visit your home (double bonus for both the 10 and 35 fame packets)
  • Hangout: 10 unique members visit your hangout
  • Hangout: 10 unique members visit your hangout (double bonus for both the 10 and 35 fame packets)
  • Home Raves: every 10 raves your home receives
  • Hangout Raves: every 10 raves each of your hangouts receives
  • Community Raves: every 10 raves each of your community receives
  • Pattern Raves: every 10 raves an uploaded pattern of yours receives
  • Photo Raves: every 10 raves an uploaded photo of yours receives
  • Video Raves: every 10 raves an uploaded video of yours receives

Once a day
: these fame packets can only be gained once a day

  • Log into the 3D world
  • Spend more than 10 minutes in the 3D world
  • Spend more than 3 hours in the 3D world
  • Dance to difficulty level 10 in the Dance Fame Game
  • Sign in and visit your “My Kaneva” page (it still works if you have the automatic sign in when you open the bookmark)
  • View 3 media detail pages (click on any 3 pieces of media)

And here is a list of all of the current fame packets (look at this forum post to see all of the latest fame packets :

Level Reward

  1. 100 Rewards
  2. Rave Me InMotion Shirt, 100 Rewards
  3. 100 Rewards
  4. 100 Rewards
  5. Kaneva Belt Buckle, 100 Rewards
  6. 100 Rewards
  7. 100 Rewards
  8. Rave My Place LED, 100 Rewards
  9. 450 Rewards
  10. Up-and-Coming Title, 450 Rewards
  11. 450 Rewards
  12. Green Acres Hangout Deed, 450 Rewards
  13. 450 Rewards
  14. 450 Rewards
  15. It’s Party Time LED, 450 Rewards
  16. 450 Rewards
  17. 450 Rewards
  18. LED Light Pants, 450 Rewards
  19. 450 Rewards
  20. Achiever Title, 450 Rewards
  21. 450 Rewards
  22. Sexy InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  23. 450 Rewards
  24. 450 Rewards
  25. Glass Water Floor, 450 Rewards
  26. 450 Rewards
  27. 450 Rewards
  28. Winking Stars InMotion Pants, 450 Rewards
  29. 450 Rewards
  30. Over-Achiever Title, 450 Rewards
  31. 450 Rewards
  32. Clock Necklace (men), Gold Necklace (women), 450 Rewards
  33. 450 Rewards
  34. 450 Rewards
  35. Flame InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  36. 450 Rewards
  37. 450 Rewards
  38. Gold Watch, 450 Rewards
  39. 450 Rewards
  40. Rising Star Title, 450 Rewards
  41. 450 Rewards
  42. Boombox, 450 Rewards
  43. 450 Rewards
  44. 450 Rewards
  45. Chain Necklace (men), Heart Choker (women), 450 Rewards
  46. 450 Rewards
  47. 450 Rewards
  48. Wink InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  49. 450 Rewards
  50. Almost Famous Title, 450 Rewards
  51. 450 Rewards
  52. Nose Ring (men), Diamond Earring (women), 450 Rewards
  53. 450 Rewards
  54. 450 Rewards
  55. Classic Water Fountain, 450 Rewards
  56. 450 Rewards
  57. 450 Rewards
  58. I’m Awesome InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  59. 450 Rewards
  60. Famous Title, 450 Rewards
  61. 450 Rewards
  62. Chain Armband (men), Gem Bracelet (women), 450 Rewards
  63. 450 Rewards
  64. 450 Rewards
  65. Laser Light, 450 Rewards
  66. 450 Rewards
  67. 450 Rewards
  68. Round Earring (men), Star Earring (women), 450 Rewards
  69. 450 Rewards
  70. Celebrity Title, 450 Rewards
  71. 450 Rewards
  72. Rock Star InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  73. 450 Rewards
  74. 450 Rewards
  75. Deco Water Fountain, 450 Rewards
  76. 450 Rewards
  77. 450 Rewards
  78. Grabby Hands InMotion Pants, 450 Rewards
  79. 450 Rewards
  80. Super Star Title, 450 Rewards
  81. 450 Rewards
  82. Hot InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  83. 450 Rewards
  84. 450 Rewards
  85. Fish Tank, 450 Rewards
  86. 450 Rewards
  87. 450 Rewards
  88. Speedboat InMotion Shirt, Fish InMotion Pants, 450 Rewards
  89. 450 Rewards
  90. Mega Star Title, 450 Rewards
  91. 450 Rewards
  92. Equalizer InMotion Shirt, 450 Rewards
  93. 450 Rewards
  94. 240″ TV, 450 Rewards
  95. 450 Rewards
  96. Pool, 450 Rewards
  97. 450 Rewards
  98. Leather Trenchcoat, 450 Rewards
  99. 450 Rewards
  100. Legendary Title, 450 Rewards

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I’m remodeling my house so here are some pictures of my progress – Enjoy!

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