My dear students,
tomorrow (but every single day of the year) play it safe in the internet, and information technologies in general (including cell phones)! Be careful and avoid using social accounts if you are not sure they are safe. Moreover: make real friends! Friends on social accounts are not friends at all. Keep in touch with people in the flesh and make friends only with a few.
In this interesting article, the author claims that “most children and young people use the internet positively. However, sometimes they behave in ways that may place them at risk. Some risks do not necessarily arise from the technology itself but result from offline behaviours that are extended into the online world, and vice versa.
Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:
- bullying by peers and people they consider ‘friends’
- posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline
- sexual grooming, luring , exploitation and abuse contact with strangers
- exposure to inappropriate and/or content
- exposure to racist or hate material
- encouragement of violent behaviour
- glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
- physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
- leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online”
Play your part for a better Internet!