Know Your Online World
By Aleena Flack
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.
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
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:
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
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.
5. AGE GROUP
Things to consider next time...
- 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!