Dangers of the Internet

By Kevin Liu

Know your rghts

1) 10 years old is the age of criminal responsibility. Basically once you reach this age, people expect you to take responsibility for your actions, this includes getting punished for them.

2) The law (according to the Sexual Offences Act 2003) says that anyone under the age of 16 cannot consent to sexual activity you could be prosecuted. Even if both people are under the age of 16, you can be prosecuted. This might include being put on the sex offenders register and getting a criminal record.

3) If anyone is mean to another person based on ethnicity, race or sexuality, this is against the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and they can be prosecuted.

4) Someone who is cyberbullying another person can be prosecuted according to the Malicious Communications Act 1988.

5) Sexting is against the law as whoever has that picture on their phone, this is illegal (even if the person is your boyfriend or girlfriend). This means that person can be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Cyberbullying

Using technology like mobiles or the internet, cyberbullying can affect someone not just at school, but at home as well. Because it takes place in the virtual world, it can happen 24/7 and can make someone feel upset or threatened in their own home.

It can sometimes be hard to identify who the cyberbully is because they could block their number or post things on a website anonymously. This type of bullying means it can have a large audience, mostof them who may not even realise they are being bullies.

The good thing about this kind of bullying is that there are proof, with cyberbullying you can save texts or print our emails, etc. This can be used as evidence to catch the bully and stop them upsetting someone.

Social Networking Sites

Be careful what information you give out on your profile. Remember that you don’t know who you are talking to, it could be anyone. And you don’t know what they’ll do with your picture or your phone number if you give it out by mistake. Once your picture is out there, it’s out there forever and you won’t be able to get it back.

Your Information on your profile could obviously be viewed by anyone. So it would be like printing it off and handing it out on the street.

Use a nickname or your initials instead of your name – you don’t want just anyone knowing who you are. Change your profile picture to a cartoon charcter, etc. so they don't have a picture of you.Don't write where you are going for holiday, or where you live. Think about it, before you post anything online.