Safe surfing and smsing

Apparently I missed Global Safer Internet Day yesterday.
Must have been all the p0rn and pills spam that distracted me.

This year’s focus was on safe mobile phone use. Kids these days are now in the practice of accepting sms messages and arranging to meet with people they don’t know.
Just how dumb are we breeding kids these days anyway?

While I absolutely support the idea of self-monitoring communications systems (as opposed to censorship), I wonder whether the existing programs for education on self-monitoring techniques are really that effective? If you don’t know it’s Global Safer Internet Day and even if you did know, the kinds of warnings you’re getting are saying things like “don’t arrange to meet up with someone you don’t know”, surely we need a new promotional campaign? Because this one surely sucks.

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