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Internet and Technology Dangers

Internet and Technology Dangers

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Internet and Technology Dangers

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Feb 3, 2012


Are you one of those parents for whom the Internet, video games and mobile phones are foreign territory? If so, this is the wake up call you need. Children and teenagers know their way around these worlds only too well, though. As a parent, you would be shocked to know what really goes on. You are the first line of defence for your children.

Although Internet safety is now taught at most schools, too many youngsters ignore the warnings and still take risks. They need the help of parents to stay safe. You are the first line of defence.

Technology dangers such as online predators, cyberbullying and video game addiction are very real and are on the increase. The threats are not being taken seriously enough.

This is your wake up call. The purpose of 'Internet and Technology Dangers' is to educate you but is actually also to alarm you. You don’t need to panic. But you do need to act. After all, the emotional and physical well-being of your family is at stake here.

Feb 3, 2012

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Steve Roche has been calling for parents to wise up to the threats posed by the Internet and tech gadgets since his first book on the subject in 2004. He is a former Internet journalist, consultant and trainer. In 2011 he founded an organisation called Protechtion UK which campaigns for the Internet and technology to be made safer.

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Internet and Technology Dangers - Steve W Roche

Internet And Technology Dangers

Steve W Roche

Published by Dragonwood

Smashwords Edition

First Published 2012

To discover other titles by Steve W Roche visit

ISBN 978-0-9546805-7-2

Copyright © Steve W Roche, 2012

This book is also available in print.

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This book is dedicated to my wonderful mum who so sadly died in 2003 and my lovely wife, Dominica, the caring and loving mother of our son, Mark.


Introduction – This is your wake up call

Danger 1 – Pornographic, offensive and harmful websites

Danger 2 – Online predators and child abuse

Danger 3 – Social networking

Danger 4 – Protecting your privacy

Danger 5 – Cyberbullying

Danger 6 – Technology addiction

Danger 7 – Scams and commercial exploitation

Danger 8 - Malware

Danger 9 – Breaking the law

Danger 10 – Gadgets

Appendix 1 – More information

Appendix 2 – Useful links

Appendix 3 – Jargon buster

Appendix 4 – Common abbreviations used in chat rooms and in texting

Introduction - This Is Your Wake Up Call

The Internet is an uncharted world. It's a world that parents don't know, but kids do. Parents would be shocked to see what goes on. - Detective Chris Loyko of an Cyber Crimes Investigations Unit in Florida

These days most children and young people kno w about the dangers associated with the Internet, mobile phones and video games. Safety lessons are now taught at most schools. But too many youngsters ignore the warnings and still take risks.

But, as a parent, how much do you know about Internet and technology dangers? As a parent, you can’t help worrying about your children. You may be concerned about them:

- getting into the wrong company;

- being bullied;

- getting into trouble with the authorities;

- growing up too quickly;

- coming to emotional harm; or

- being sexually exploited.

Did you know that any of these things is a risk anytime your child uses the Internet? Something could be happening right now.

This book is intended as your wake up call. Its purpose is actually to alarm you. I don’t want you to panic, but I do want you to act. After all, the emotional and physical wellbeing of your family is at stake here.

The dangers which are discussed in this book are not being taken seriously enough by parents, children or society as a whole. Putting your head in the sand is not an option. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. The Internet, mobile phones and video games are here to stay. So simply barring children from using technology won’t work.

When it comes to the dangers posed by the Internet, mobile phones or video games, we seem to read or hear about a new scare every day in the media. But most parents don’t do anything as a consequence to protect their loved ones. Many parents feel powerless and fearful. Children and teenagers know more than they do about the Internet, mobile phones and video games.

Just to repeat the point - as you read this book, you need to act on the suggestions made.

What are the Internet and technology dangers?

The Internet, mobile phones and video games are rightly very popular with children and young people. They offer them a range of opportunities for fun, education and entertainment. But these technologies also open the door to many dangers.

For example:

- thanks to the Internet, it is now much easier for predators to reach and sexually exploit unsuspecting children;

- every child who goes online is just one click away from obscenely graphic and potentially addictive pornography; and

- a sinister form of bullying known as cyberbullying has grown rapidly in recent years.

The types of dangers are not necessarily new. But the Internet and gadgets bring the threats closer to home. Danger is a mouse click away. No child is safe from these risks. Many think they are, though. They think: It’ll never happen to me.

As a parent, you are the ‘first line of defence’ against online and technology dangers. Right here you’ll acquire the knowledge, the confidence and the resources you need to protect your loved ones.

You’ll find information about:

- what the dangers are;

- how big a risk they are;

- what you need to know about them; and

- what you can do to combat them and protect yourself and your family.

The main dangers relate to:

- pornographic, offensive and harmful websites

- online predators and child abuse

- social networking websites

- protecting your privacy

- cyberbullying

- technology addictions

- scams and commercial exploitation

- malware and hackers

- breaking the law

- gadgets such as mobile phones

- video games

When it comes to safety, what makes the Internet and new technologies different?

The first thing to understand is that the Internet and gaming cannot be made completely safe. There is no single point of control with the Internet. This makes it different from any other technology. Inevitably, children will come into contact with potential dangers.

Generally speaking, the risks are the same as real-world dangers. For example, bullying amongst teenagers has always been a problem.


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