CYP 3.3, Task 7
Explain the risks and the possible consequences for children and young people of being online and of using a mobile phone. Children and young people are open to many risks while being online or using their mobile phones, they may be lured into giving personal information; name, age, address and telephone numbers which could be used for identity theft or fraud. Cyber bullying, this may include sending unpleasant texts, emails or instant messaging. A child or young person may find cruel messages or pictures about themselves and having their username stolen to spread lies or rumours about someone else. Techniques used by a cyber bully involves setting up websites to target certain individuals and inviting others to post hate comments about that person. A child or young person may unknowingly download viruses and malware; a programme that can attach itself to another programme, if this is opened through a spam email it can then damage or create files and generate unwanted behaviour to your computer. Young people also use mobile phones to send images of themselves to their friends or publish them on the internet, once that image has been published then the sender has lost the power as to what happens to it, it may then be used in contexts other than what it was originally intended for. Even more seriously they may be groomed by individuals or paedophile rings that use the internet and mobile technology to identify and target potential victims. Sexual predators may use fake information to get close to children or young people i.e. a false name, age and information.
A description of ways of reducing risk to children and young people from:- -
Social networking; Privacy and security settings: Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way. Once posted, always posted: Protect your reputation on social...
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