We were all young once, and I’m often grateful that the mistakes I made during high-school aren’t immortalised on the Internet. Those tragically hip photos (hyper-colour shirt anyone?), the irrational fights I had with my bestie, and my questionable taste in 90’s bands are thankfully stored only in the vaults of my memory.
Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the Internet’s younger citizens as part of iiNet’s Cyber Safety Series. During school visits, I chat to kids about issues such as safe social networking, cyber-bullying, and leaving behind an online footprint (call it your “digital paper trail”) that is reflective of all the great things they do. Regardless of age group, the questions that follow my presentation are fairly consistent; whether I know “that guy from the ads” ( ‘Finn’ for those of you playing at home), followed by “How much do you get paid?” (“Not enough”), and “How do I get rid of something that’s online?” (“With great difficulty!”)
Safer Internet Day takes place on the 5th of February 2013 with a focus on ‘Online Rights and Responsibilities.” Take a moment today to run over these pointers with your kids; cleaning up that paper trail to ‘Connect with Respect.’
Thank you for taking the time and care to summarise this information Rebecca. It’s really, really important stuff about how to use technology (and not be used by it) in our modern world.
IT Trainer & Consultant
Well done. I hope the young ones will take notice but what I saw on Facebook, which I have cancelled, age unfortunaly, in many cases, makes very little difference when common sense is the criteria.
OK, so how do you get rid of these persistent scams offering the world for nothing? Example below. And is there some way of identifying thework at home ones that may be genuine and worth looking at?
“email@example.com” On: 10 February 2013 7:49 AM
Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unfortunately spam is a big problem in the digital world. If it’s a subscribed newsletter, they should offer an option to unsubscribe which you can use to be removed from the mailing list. If it’s spam, it’s best just to delete it. Our mail servers do try and pick up most of the spam that they can, but occasionally some gets through.
I’m no longer a [teen] but didn’t know about ”location based services”. Thank you for broadening my outlook. Just a teeny weeny bit of [spell checking] would be good. It is still good – being a Westnet member.
I’m not a teen but your article was very useful in learning what the different terms mean and in giving practical advice to a wary senior.