As the article states “Cybersecurity awareness should be taught sooner” and I am in full agreement with this. Instead of playing with UNO cards or checkers, the children of this generation are now picking up their iPads or tablets for entertainment. With children gaining easier access to the internet, it seems like child predators are only a click away from contacting innocent minors. After reading this article, I was surprised to find out that children younger than the age of five know how to access the internet.
I currently work in a nursery and children five years of age and older constantly bring in their own personal iPads or tablets. The thought that crosses my mind each time I witness this is parental supervision. When I think back and remember my first internet account my parents set up for me, it was extremely limited and highly password protected. My web browsing was constantly monitored and I had to ask for permission to view non-educational websites. I am so glad that there is a person like Ben Halpert who is able to effectively communicate how to safely use the internet in an understandable manner.
In the article, Halpert’s picture book for parents to read to their children is a brilliant idea. Not only are the parents educated about the dangers on the internet, but the child has a way to be hidden in plain sight with the use of a superhero code name. I think this is really cool and I hope more parents become informed about this helpful teaching tool for internet safety.
I definitely agree with everything the above person said and agree with the article. Not only do many young children get on the internet and have tablets, but many of them don't know how to properly use the internet. I believe bullying children has become easier in recent years because of the internet. Since no face has to go with the comment and no face can be seen when a mean comment is made, I believe its easier for children to bully others due to the lack of personable-ness. I also believe children should not be able to have internet and tablets at such a young age. I believe the internet is great and has its purposes, but should not be a babysitter for kids to keep them occupied. Safety wise, I believe Ben Halpert's tips to keep children safe online were good. I believe teaching children not to use there real names and using something totally random is smart. Sadly, there are so many creepers online and most children will fall for their tricks if they aren't taught not to talk to strangers online.
I think this is definitely something to be taught in schools because it is becoming required for young children to use the internet for school. I believe a combination of at home training and at school training will definitely drill into students heads how to behave and stay safe on the internet.