To Be, or Not To Be Online: That is the Question
Schools and colleges remain some of the worst hit when it comes to various forms of cyber harassment. Cyber attacks threaten our everyday lives more than we can ever imagine. Schools and colleges remain some of the worst hit when it comes to various forms of cyber harassment. Our children become ‘soft targets’, easy victims of warped minds and access to different technological platforms.
According to the Telegraph, UK, in 2017, millions of students, teachers and parents using Edmodo, an application that acts as a kind of ‘Facebook for schools’, lost their personal details that were in turn sold on the dark net. In the United States, as per the Privacy rights Clearinghouse, about 695 breaches at schools across the country led to over 10 millions personal records being hacked.
It is a fact we have to live with, that we have very little control over the myriad difficulties our young ones could be facing in the wide world out there. Added to the problems that they face in the physical world around them, are the unknown threats that lurk in every corner in the darkness of the web. Almost every single individual today has a digital footprint that has become their imprint on the internet. Young people, of course, are on the top of that list.
With different forms of digital platforms available on a vast variety of digital devices, kids, whether school students or young adults, are exposed to vulnerabilities from sources that had simply not existed, even a little over a decade ago. Now though, the threats are many and varied, and while many of them originate in the virtual world, their consequences spill into the physical world, and in more cases than one likes to admit, could be catastrophic.