Although new communication technologies are being released all the time, below is a basic list of the types of technologies and how they work.
- Personal web sites: Sites that anyone can make/design to post material, including writings, drawings, and pictures. They may allow users to post comments on them.
- Blogs (weblogs): Interactive personal online diaries or journals.
- Email: Communication sent to individual(s) or a discussion list.
- Discussion groups or bulletin boards: group communications around a topic.
- Chat: Real time group communication programs or websites, with ability to establish private chats as well.
- Instant Messaging (IM): instant, text based 'chat' programs through which users on a private contact or "buddy list" can communicate.
- SMS text/digital image messaging: Messages or images sent via mobile-phones.
- Social networking communities: Web sites like MySpace that combine the features of profiles, personal web sites, blogs, discussion groups/boards, chat, gaming, and messaging.
These communication technologies are generally positive in nature and provide further options for connecting people and friends through networks. However they can contribute towards violence - both unintentionally and intentionally. Parents should discuss the use of communications technology regularly with their children.
It is important for parents to know who their child talks to online and find out if they ever speak with strangers.
The Queensland Police Service Surf Safely webpage has some more tips for staying safe while surfing the net.
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This page was last reviewed on 13 Feb 2012 at 01:00PM