This week in class we are discussing Cyber Security and I am learning so much. Up until now, I have been very lax with putting my information out there. If I want to buy something online--I type my credit card number and address in, no questions asked. It doesn't matter if it is Old Navy, or some random little store in the boonies that is selling home made goods. After realizing that I have been playing Russian Roulette with my personal information, I now know that I need to be more careful.
Anyway, even though I'm bad, kids are much worse and they are not shy about telling anyone anything. One of the things that immediately comes to mind is Dateline NBC's "To catch a predator". It is amazing to me that after all this time, they are still catching tons of people trying to hook up with underage kids.
And with kids spending so much time on the Internet...who is responsible for teaching them about safety? I belive that that responsibility belongs to both teachers and parents. For example, at the middle school where I sub, the computer teacher is now doing a lesson about My Space and what info kids should and should not be giving out. In addition to lessons like this, I think parents should be very aware of the sites their kids are hanging out on, what they are downloading and who they are talking to.