Kids Safety On The Internet – The Technology Blame Game?

I can not blame technology, the Internet blanketed, in your children safety (or unsafely) on the Internet. I have spent extra than twenty-5 years inside the technical subject, and it might be ironic and shameful if I changed into promoting something that becomes setting my kid in threat. However, something is to blame, and I generally tend to come back to the identical question “Are your youngsters in more danger today in comparison to when you were their age?”

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Stop The Cyber Bully?

Think approximately when you had been kind of the equal age as your child. What were you were doing within the college yard? If you had been unlucky, then you definitely as a child can also be bullied by different children at the school. Maybe you even witnessed a bullying incident. Bullying to your kid-days usually remained inside the college yard. When it becomes time to go domestic, the mental outcomes of bullying in all likelihood trailed domestic with you, and while you lower back to high school day after today, the bullying may also have picked up from wherein it left off – verbal and in all likelihood physical abuse. The key thing is that you did now not drag the bullying home with you. It stayed at college. Today, a kid commonly does not have the luxury of leaving the bullying at the school grounds. The bullying can observe them anyplace they go, referred to as cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is Internet-primarily based, and you did no longer have the Internet as a child. The closest resemblance to something like the Internet become probably a telephone or a ham radio — and I’m sincerely stretching my creativeness. If someone wanted to unfold the bullying word approximately you, the great they may probably do is tell their school pals or maybe spread the bully word through phone — a totally slow and laborious way of spreading the bully phrase.

Today, however, the bullying word spreads exceptionally speedy, and its tough to stop cyberbullying. I even have witnessed live bullying episodes on the Internet, namely Twitter, and Facebook. Not only does the bullying word spread fast, but folks that instigate it may accomplish that anonymously. During your youngster-days bullying turned into typically face-to-face, so that you knew precisely who became in the back of the activities. Today the possibility of the bully remaining anonymous in all fairness excessive. They just cover behind faux profiles and userid’s, then release “operation clandestine bully spread”.

Predators On The Internet?

Then there’s the predator international. As a kid did you ever have a fear of being stalked through a predator? Did you ever suppose they (the stalker) become going to take you away and do mean? Did your mother and father think in the back of every dark nook lurked a predator? I know for a fact that I never feared the sort of factor, and neither did my parents. If my dad and mom had concerns it virtually did not crush or rule their lives. Once in a while they’ll have reminded me “Not to speak with strangers”. In reality, I felt extraordinarily secure — walked to high school & my friends on my own and played out of doors after sunset. Even even though there may have been real dangers I in no way felt threatened. I felt completely safe!

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Today, as a parent I am extremely conscious of the Internet Predator. I actually have already educated my child about chat rooms and the way not to talk with strangers. I’m truly no longer an old-school determine, but my instincts inform me to keep myself alert and look ahead to any inform-tale signs and symptoms that my youngster is in predator chance.

It’s apparent that Predators on the Internet are actual concerns amongst many mother and father. I am continuously witnessing parents telling their kids not to friend everyone on Facebook that they do not recognize. The hip dad and mom tell their youngsters “NOT TO LMIRL” to all people that they have not previously met in actual lifestyles (aka. Don’t communicate with strangers). In the Twitter world. Many Twitter Teens have already got a large number of fans and might task to guess that they do not even recognize who most of them are. I’ve visible children with lots of fans, or even in the event that they had a fragment of the number of followers that they have, there is no sensible manner that they realize everyone in every one of them. So basically, in case your kids are on Twitter, they are possibly speaking to strangers – I’m certain many greater strangers than you spoke to as a child.

The Meaning Of Violence?

When you start comparing the violence which you as a child have been exposed to compared to state-of-the-art kids, there is a dramatic difference. When I become the equal age as my son is now the extent of the violent content material I became uncovered to become negligible as compared to that of modern kids.

I become born in South Africa, and as a form of leisure, my mother and father rented 16mm reel-to-reel films at the weekend. The 16mm reel-to-reel movies have been South Africa’s equivalent of North America’s, once popular, Beta or VHS. The 1967 Bonnie & Clyde was the maximum violent movie that my dad and mom ever rented, which we (the kids) were dispatched to our bedrooms to play at the same time as they (our dad and mom) watched the film. Every once in a while we used to sneak a peek and get our dose of blood & gore. Bonnie & Clyde, with the aid of the manner, is rated R via the MPAA, and Age 14 through Common Sense Media.

Fast forward to 2011 — I can listing at the least a dozen Internet or console based games which can be extremely violent in nature, and recognize of youngsters which are below 10 years vintage who play those video games. I may not go into details about the video games, however, they are rated “Not for Kids” and “5 circle violence” by way of Common Sense Media. Today’s violent content does not in shape into the Bonnie & Clyde style – what became rated R in 1967 seems to be rated OK for today’s teenagers. It is relative even though, in 1967, as a child, I became attempting to observe content that becomes “now not for youngsters” and in 2011 children are still immersed in content this is “not for kids”, albeit the content material is extra graphically violent — eg. “Call of Duty”.

About The Internet For Kids

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So while you start evaluating kids to now and while you wherein a child, it ought to be clean that latest kids are more at risk of dangers than yesterdays kids. Your initial inkling, after contemplating bullying, sexual predators, and violent content is to probable blame the Internet. Isn’t the Internet the large distinction among now and then? It can also seem so, but I do not consider the Internet and technology is in charge.

The Internet is just a green mechanism to get messages, facts, and content material from one region to another, and has not changed the underlying reason or motivation of human conduct. There are many documented testimonies that show bullying, violence, and differently related incidences and are a part of our history. Internet or no Internet there will nonetheless be bullying, sexual predators, and violent content material. The Internet has just made get entry to content material, messages and records much less difficult and greater pervasive than it’s ever been.

I consider that we cannot completely put off bullying, the sexual predator, and violent content material because so that it will achieve this we are able to want to dig truly deep and begin changing nearly the whole lot approximately society — no longer a realistic undertaking. We need to stay with the results of our progression and hold on coping with and tame the elements which have put our children in capability danger. Even although I do not blame generation and the Internet because the source of our kid’s safety (or unsafely), I completely recognize that the Internet has given bullying, predators, and violent content material an clean, and a less expensive way to get entry to and abuse the unassuming youngster.

The bullying message may be carried extra quickly, efficiently and anonymously than a face-to-face verbal exchange; Predators can cover in the back of smoke screens and pretend to be younger than they say; Content, violent or tame, may be disbursed via the Internet more without problems than renting a recreation or a video. The Internet isn’t going away and is evolving quick.

We nonetheless need to do what we do first-rate – this guides our kids adequately until they’re capable of taking over that duty themselves. It is important and essential that we retain gaining knowledge of how to tame the ‘Internet beast’. We get there, however, for now, our staying power to guide our youngsters properly via the Internet ought to be triumphant.

John R. Wright
Social media ninja. Freelance web trailblazer. Extreme problem solver. Music fanatic. Spent several months marketing pubic lice in the financial sector. Spent 2002-2008 supervising the production of ice cream in Africa. Had some great experience developing robotic shrimp in the aftermarket. Spent several years getting my feet wet with puppets in Miami, FL. Was quite successful at supervising the production of corncob pipes worldwide. What gets me going now is working with electric trains in Mexico.