DIGITAL DANGER

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SEXTING

Definition: the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.


Impact: Sexting can have a huge impact on someone's lives and the consequences can be quite vital. As soon as you push the send button, whatever you send can actually be seen by everyone in the Cyber World.


Fact: In Australia, sexting has become increasingly a high priority issue and in particular among minors. Statistically, 20% of teenagers have been involved or are participating in this issue now. In 2010, 40% of 588 girls were surveyed and had been involved in sexting. In 2011, despite of the law against child pornography, more young people are being reported to the police for this topic than ever before.


For more information about Sexting, Check Out:

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/lawrefrom/isexting/subs/S07_-_Salvation_Army_Oasis_Hunter.pdf

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20I%20deal%20with/sexting.aspx

http://www.yourtango.com/sexting

CYBER-BULLYING

Definition: the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.


Effect: As mobile phones, computers and social media websites can be used in a positive way, it can also be used in a negative way which can effect people's lives. As kids who are Cyber-Bullied are often likely to;


  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip School
  • Experience in-person bullying
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self esteem
  • Have more health problems


Facts: over 80% of teenagers use a phone regularly and make it the most common and popular form of technology for cyber-bullying. Half young people have experienced some sort of cyber-bullying with 10-20% experiencing it regularly.


For more information about Cyber-Bullying, check out:

http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html


STOP SEXTING AND CYBER-BULLYING NOW!

TROLLING

Definition: Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks against someone.



Facts: Just 498 cyberbullies were convicted in 2007 but by last year the number had rocketed to 1,286


For more information on Trolling, Check out:

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/How%20do%20I%20deal%20with/Trolling.aspx

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233428/Police-grapple-internet-troll-epidemic-convictions-posting-online-abuse-soar-150-cent-just-years.html

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