What are Children Really Doing on the Internet?

The Internet is a scary place! Children are introduced to technologies at an early age, and many of them are not using these technologies unsupervised. This week in ECMP 355 our assignment was to pick either, Sext Up Kids or Sextortion of Amanda Todd and analyze how these videos reflect digital citizenship.

I watched both of these videos, and I was shocked about the increase numbers of children using the intent to talk to others, or to exploit their bodies in some way. It is evident in our society that objectification is everywhere, when you watch T.V. or walk down the street that “sex sells”. Young children are exposed to women looking “sexy” when they play with bratz dolls.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqI0N2Y2IE8

As you can see these dolls wear a lot of make-up, wear high heels, and an unrealistic body type. I have also learnt by watching Sext Up Kids, that there are little to no regulations on sexual images on both television and the Internet.

Therefore, teachers, and parents need to work together to educate children on what can happen when you use the internet for private matters. I believe that it was said best in Sext Up Kids when Samleema Noon (from the iGirl) said, “kids are getting adult tools in their hands, and they are not understanding and maybe the are incapable of understanding because their brains are not developed yet the difference between public and private, with the internet being as public as you can get and our bodies and sexuality being as private as you can get”.

By watching these videos this week I have learned that girls are showing their bodies to boy at a young age. It is upsetting because the girls who wont show their bodies to boys will be looked at as different, or an outcast. Recently it has been reported that the porn, and sexual images has is making young men impotent. What theses boys are getting from the media, is not the same as real life. However these boys often still pressure young girls into sending them sexuality explicit photographs.

How can we as teachers help this problem of sexting between young people? I believe that education is key. There are many resources online for teachers to teach their students that it’s ok to say no to sexting. There are also a number of parent resources that is vital to getting students to understand their digital footprint. Finally there are websites like kids help line, that provide resources for children to seek advice about what to do when being pressured into sexting, or even doing acts against their will.

Finally I believe that videos like these (shown below) should be shown to kids all the time. Sending “naughty” texts is not something people should be doing. It is easy to share those texts or images with people in the blink of an eye. Amanda Todd was a real person who was bullied, and killed herself over a mistake she did with her webcam. THIS POBLEM NEEDS TO STOP NOW!




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