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Should Young people be warned quicker about this? E.g spam viruses cyber bullying other gamers.

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dolphintiger12
Ok everyone in my year / year above has been warned about this! Not year 4 3 2 or 1 !! I think this is serious and should be sorted! When I was in year 4 played minecraft went on roblox. Talked to other people. Strangers. Year 3 Did exactly the same went on social websites. Year 2 I think this is the appropriate time to warn them because their going to start going on the web and looking around. Spam. Soming might come up on a website saying you won a million pounds they click it BAM Computer gone! And minecraft is popular and I think they would start looking at that and bam! They are young and there are old people on minecraft there age out in public and they will get bullied! Please talk to each other and let's sort this problem!
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Emelia
Thats right DolphinTiger12. Kids get on the internet all the time and should be monitored by parents/schools and warned about things like viruses and internet safety as early as possible, especially on sites where they are talking to strangers. Making sure they understand not to give out their personal details or click things they are unsure of like you mentioned.

Good post.
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JoDragon
Coming from a computing background it's hard to say how viruses actually work lol. But simply downloading a file does not cause harm, it's when it executed (opened) it causes harm.. But either way, back on topic...

I agree children should deffiantly be taught not to click anything they do not know what it is, and more importantly not to open any files they might have downloaded by accident. They need to be taught to have parental/guardian consent when visiting sites they don't know/anything they are unsure of.

I find there's a mix between both education and law within this topic. Children should not be on any kind of social, chat site, or online game before they are 13, although obviously it happens. Parents need to be paying closer eyes to their children with what they are visiting, if not more adult education as well as children's.

Talking to strangers needs to be expanded to both in person and online. A lot of children might think it's ok to speak to strangers online cos they can't be hurt, but giving out any kind of information deffiantly needs to be educated.

It's deffiantly an interesting topic
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CybersmileTeam
Once again we are all agreeing that education is the key to solving the cyberbullying epidemic by adequately preparing children for the big wide world (online). Wouldn't it be nice if someone listens to us and starts including it in the curriculum from the start of school?
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CybersmileHQ
I agree DolphinTiger12! Children are exposed to the internet at a very young age, and even if they're not using the typical social media sites, it doesn't mean they're not interacting with strangers. We have resources available for teaching children from the age of 5 about digital abuse and online safety - find them here: www.cybersmile.org/what-we-do/online-education-programs
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SamS
Although i agree with the fact the education is the answer, coming from the other point of view. I think it would be difficult to implement a set time in schools for this kind of education i know that its not ideal and we would all love some to go right we need this to be done in schools all around the country/world. Yet they are attempting to incorporate bullying more generally, sexual exploration etc etc etc etc. I think we also need to be reaching out to parents of these children to attempt to get them more street wise on the cyberbullying world and of the internet in general, I'm sure many parents have themselves killed on these links its not just the children. Parents also need to be aware and directed to these websites after all... these are the people buying the tech for their children, right?
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SamS
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Marti
Good point Sam. Schools may struggle to address the issues but they still need to be dong something to educate kids as to the real risks and what they can do to stay safe and avoid being targeted. Most parents seem to be unable to understand what the risks are as well so a lot needs to be done in the way of education and guidance.
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dolphintiger12

In reply to SamS

I certainly agree again adults need to be warned! We need somebody just someone to listen to us!
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dolphintiger12

In reply to *CybersmileTeam*

I agree education needs to have cyberbullying curriculum but what about the young adults now? How are we going to reach out to them? They probably have left school and got a job? We have got a dead end...
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dolphintiger12
Originally posted by Marti
Good point Sam. Schools may struggle to address the issues but they still need to be dong something to educate kids as to the real risks and what they can do to stay safe and avoid being targeted. Most parents seem to be unable to understand what the risks are as well so a lot needs to be done in the way of education and guidance.

I truly believe this good answer 😊 =)
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JoDragon
Please try to keep replies to one post a time as it can cause confusion.

I agree with Sam that finding time for all this education is difficult. I think the main problem is that some parents believe school is to teach their children everything they need to know, when really, and traditionally the parents would have been the ones to teach life skills and awareness.

Schools are probably becoming overwhelmed of the number of topics that people would like to see taught, just to make sure every child is in fact being taught it, somewhere.