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Scary Technology - things Kids don't think about

10 February 2014, 12:55

Hi, my name is Gailtosh and I admit that I was a Facebook addict.

Last week cured me and I deleted my Facebook account.

Although I fall into the senior bracket, I love technology and was a Facebook addict for years. My friend list was made up of people from their sixties right down to grandchildren in their teens.

It was always a privilege and fun when the younger people invited me because I love keeping up with their music and they always had funny things to share.

But just before Christmas a young man put up a link to a supposed teenage music video site and when I clicked on it, it played Beyonce for 10 seconds and then crossed to an extremely violent video scene where kids where beating each other up. I don’t believe this young man knew what was on this website.

Then, last week someone shared a video and when I selected the link, it was a visual sex scene that caused me to develop a headache and my eyes are still bleeding.

Being the coward I am, I closed my Facebook account. I am still trying to figure out how to handle this with the person involved because I don't think he thought about who would be viewing this.

The point is that these young people are sharing information – not between their friends only, but with the entire world.  They forget who they have on their friend list and that anyone can view into their profiles if they know how to do it.

I am fully aware that anyone can access anything on the internet, but what people don't realise is that once they put personal stuff out there, it doesn’t disappear. The world can see it for ever and at any time.

I know we all did dumb stuff when we were young, but fortunately for us oldies, our reach was minimal and we grew up and the past could be lost in the shadowy distance. Not now. The Ethernet is vast and unforgiving.

Guys, be aware that the dumb things you do now will come back to bite you on the backside one day.

I know parents today cannot monitor everything their kids are doing, but they need to remind them that there are consequences to what they do and if I had a young daughter, she wouldn't be seeing this young man - EVER.

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