It’s all good and well talking about the benefits of the Internet but I don’t think we ever really talk about the dangers thoroughly enough. In school, I was never really taught about Internet safety and what we should and should not do, we were simply expected to just know.
Whilst the Internet provides us with plenty of platforms to meet new people, be it for friendship or a relationship, and yet we are never warned about the dangers of doing so. Online, we can be whoever we want to be. So why are we so trusting of the people we are talking to when we know full well anyone ca change their name and use others’ photos?
Furthermore, the amount of information the Internet has about us is truly scary. I was only made aware of this from this University module and at this point it is already too late to remove this information. Anyone is able to access this information and it is therefore easier for predators to find us, stalk us or even approach us directly.
Nowadays, kids are using the Internet at a younger age than ever. It is for this reason that I feel schools need to warn children of Internet dangers earlier and it is their responsibility to teach them ways to be more “Internet smart.” For example, their could be a dedicated Internet Safety day where all school children are taken out of their usual timetabled classes and instead have lectures on ways to be safe online.