Using communication technologies
Here are some things to consider when using communication technologies such as websites, blogs and mobile phones. It is easy to underestimate the impact of what you say, write and do with these technologies.
Did you know that:
- Web blogging social networking community websites such as MySpace have the potential to be viewed by anyone, with almost no control over who has access to the content.
- The information sharing and broadcasting capabilities of the technologies mean that a large number of people can potentially access information very quickly.
- The things that you post and send, especially about other people, may be seen as bullying or harassment.
- 'Cyber bullying' is using mobile phones or other communication technologies to send insulting, threatening or unpleasant voice, text and picture messages, videos or posts or spreading malicious rumours.
- Party invitations and or details posted on websites such as MySpace, or sent by email or SMS text messaging, can be accessed instantly by a huge number of people.
- Sending large amounts of invitations by email and SMS text messaging greatly increases the chances of gatecrashers, uninvited and unwelcome guests, which increases the likelihood of violence at a party.
- 'Happy slapping' is the video recording, usually with mobile phones, of violent and shameful acts and practical jokes that are shared with other people through email and websites such as YouTube.
- Practical joke behaviour such as 'happy slapping' can be offensive.
- 'Happy slapping' glorifies and encourages violent and degrading behaviour for entertainment. This type of violence can be serious and in some cases could even be classed as criminal behaviour, in which case it should be reported to the police.
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