CYBER SAFETY & ETHICS
Today, children are being widely socialized online almost from the moment of conception. By promoting the use of technology into our most intimate spheres of life, we validate its very presence and send a false message to our kids—that they are always safe online.
As true digital natives, today’s children are accustomed to a world connected to technology and to all of the iterations of its influence on our daily activities. While technology offers young people access to more information and opportunity than previously imagined, parents and educators need to guide young people spending a large part of their lives immersed into a screen.
It’s important to grow up cyber aware and be safe in the virtual world. It’s also equally important to embrace the principles of Cyber Safety & Ethics—to understand the significance of respect and empathy as it relates to digital decision-making.
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The Dangers in the Virtual World
According to a Pew Research Center national survey, nearly six out of 10 teens say they met a new friend online, and 20 percent of the teens who met people online followed-up in person.
A study of U.S. children in grades 4-8 conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education examined the types of inappropriate behavior children participated in while using the Internet. More than 60 percent of the children surveyed had searched for and accessed adult websites while 31 percent lied about their age to gain entry to adult websites. Almost 45 percent of the children surveyed reported telling strangers online that they were older than they truly were, 11 percent had met up with a stranger and 6 percent gave a stranger their home address.
Simply put, Strangers + Technology = Access to Children. The decisions young people make online can have serious—if not lifetime or life-ending—implications. Savvy Cyber Kids offers strategies to parents and educators to put boundaries around appropriate technology usage. By understanding online privacy, children can protect themselves.