Stupid Kids: Post it on your Myspace and EVERYONE can see it.. AND email it!!

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Stupid Kids: Post it on your Myspace and EVERYONE can see it.. AND email it!!

 Source: Syndey Morning Herald

 

Risk to kids from cyber play needs urgent action

Hannah Edwards
December 24, 2006

POTENTIAL dangers associated with children as young as 13 posting their photographs and identity details on personalised websites such as MySpace and YouTube must be tackled urgently by the Federal Government, an expert on childhood behaviour says.

Adolescence psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg says a national conference is needed to address problems with communication technology such as digital mobile phone cameras.

His call comes after three students at a prestigious Sydney high school were suspended after uploading provocative photographs of themselves onto MySpace, a popular photo-based internet site.

The year 7 students from Danebank Anglican School for Girls at Hurstville were suspended earlier this month after taking digital photographs of themselves on a bus on the way home from a school excursion.

In 2004, a 17-year-old female student from Barker College in Hornsby was suspended after suggestive photos taken with a phone camera ended up on the internet and were emailed around the world.

"I'd like to see Helen Coonan, the Minister for Communications, talking with Julie Bishop, the Minister for Education, talking with Tony Abbott, the Minister for Health, about a national conference on this issue," Dr Carr-Gregg said.

"This is not going away. This is getting bigger and bigger."

He said students treated the internet in a different way from adults, using it to socialise, make friends and share gossip and news.

"While we hopped on the internet to download stuff, the kids today are hopping on the internet to upload.

"They are using it as a creative space. What they don't realise, because they are adolescents and because their brains are only fully formed at 23, is that every time they do something [online] it's public. Millions of people see it.

"What is so terrifying is the number of kids who are putting identifying information on their MySpace profiles, pretending to be much older than they are." ..................

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