Know Your Online World

By Aleena Flack

We are surrounded by the online world everyday. May it be a photo, a website or even receiving a text, we are accessing it without even realising it.

THE INTERNET

The internet is one of the greatest inventions ever created. There has been a lot of debating on who really created it, but the truth is, is that it was made by a huge network of workers and government computers in the 1960s. It has been around for almost 50 years!


The internet can make us feel, happy, sad or even amazed with what it holds; games, music, websites. Although we use it everyday (and sometimes take it of granted) we have to learn how to use it responsibility.

CYBERSMART

There are two worlds in the 21st century , believe it or not! The real world and the online world. So there are two worlds, so what's the big deal? Well, we have to learn how to distinguish the two..


THE REAL WORLD

Adults are always telling kids about stranger danger and how if someone asks us to get in their car, you say,"No,". The real world is where we live, go to school and play soccer in the park. The online world works a bit like that too.


THE ONLINE WORLD

The online world is the same as the real world in the sense of stranger danger. Except for one thing; it's called CyberSafety. So what is CyberSafety? Let's take a closer look:

1. SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media is a great place to begin, when talking about CyberSafety. Everyone loves posting photos of themselves online or sending messages to friends. But there is a danger to it...and one that we don't always see.


On the internet, we can be anyone. In theory, no one can check who we really are. You can be called in real life "Sally" but change your name on the internet to "Jordan" and no one can tell. That's where you have to be careful. Watch the video below:

Jigsaw: for 8 -10 year olds

2. PHOTOS

Think back to the last time you took a photo. Was it on the bus coming back from school? Or was it in your bedroom, showing your friends your new t-shirt? We take hundreds of photos everyday. But we don't keep all those photos. So what do we do? We delete them.


Now this is interesting! How many times have you taken a photo and not liked it? Either your hair looked horrible or your smile was wonky. Now, how many times have you dragged that photo over to the trash bin? How many times have you pressed the delete button and had that relived feeling that the photo has gone forever? Well, that's not the case.


Your iPhone, iPad, laptop and iPods don't actually delete things. Yeah sure, you can't see it and you defiantly can't access it. The problem is, some people can!


It doesn't matter how many times you delete that same photo, it will never really be gone. It will be whisked off into the online world, amongst all the other photos and videos, that someone with the right technology can access easily.

3. ONLINE SHOPPING

Online shopping is a great way to buy things online. From clothes, to shoes, to a new tv....it is a quick and easy way to buy exactly what you want, when you want. But just like everything else online, it has its' dangers.


To buy something in the online world, is different from buying something in the real world. In the real world, you use a credit card (pay pass) and all you do is swipe and you're set. But while shopping online, you often have to type in your address, your phone number and even your credit card number, so what you purchased can be delivered to the right place. But the danger here, is that someone (most probably the maker of the site) knows your credit card number and can start using your money, without your permission.

4. SUBSCRIBING

When you watch a video online (youtube), you can normally subscribe or add a comment at the end so the maker of the video (and other people who watch it) can see what you thought of it. Just the same as the online shopping, you need to add your email and other personal information, that can be accessed by anyone who watches that video.

5. AGE GROUP

Know your age group and what is appropriate for you to watch. Always know exactly what you what to search up before you do it, so you don't end up clicking on something that you were't meant to see. You can report anything that was sent to you by someone or something you saw. This way we can help make it safer for you to use.
Anti-Bullying week Cyber Bullying video

Things to consider next time...

Some things to consider next time you enter the online world:


  • don't give out personal information
  • remember, not everyone is who they say they are
  • know your age group and what's good for you
  • think twice before you press on something
  • nothing can be deleted
  • be smart when using the online world
  • stand up for yourself
  • tell an adult if something is worrying you
  • remember to have fun


And together we can learn to use the online world safely!

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Jigsaw Video - https://youtu.be/_o8auwnJtqE


Anti-bullying week Cyber Bullying video - https://youtu.be/S03Br1dwJR8


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