Thoughts On The Internet
with Joanie Gillispie, author of the book Cyber
Using the Internet presents some challenges we often don't think
The very first thing is there's no "delete" on line
- absolutely none. And secondary to no delete is, privacy and
confidentiality also do not exist.
author of the book Cyber
As a matter of
fact there's an excerpt from a private email I sent someone
that's on Google. And they didn't put it on there and I didn't
put it on there. So when you Google my name you come up with
several sentences of an email that I sent to someone. So I like
to tell that story because there's no delete and there's no
privacy on line.
And Joanie says,
even with parental controls kids can see just about anything
on line, sexual and otherwise. And on line, teens often communicate
with other teens in a sexual way that parents are often unaware
And all you
have to do is go into My Space and scroll around and you will
see that the norm is very intimate and sexualized kind of comments.
Most of the comments have a sexual tone to them and that's the
norm and we're not telling them any different.
And there's some
fascinating research about how early kids get interested in
and start using digital media.
And the average
age of first digital media use is nine months. So they are literally
growing up moving the mouse around and seeing the screen respond,
and interacting with the keyboard. Nine months old - Kaiser
Family Foundation has done an excellent study.
I'm Mike Carruthers and that's Something You Should Know.