According to this study sponsored by Microsoft.
While the sponsor of the study might reveal a possible bias, I do tend to agree that stories of the internet’s dangers are often exaggerated because of adults’ own fears of new technology.
Whether fears are overblown or not I think we need to be educating students and adults about real dangers of the net and not teaching students to avoid the internet altogether.
How about a few safety rules:
1. Do not reveal personal information to strangers.
2. Know how to search smarter to avoid inappropriate material.
3. Respect yourself and others.
4. Do not meet people you talk to online (until you’re at least 18 and meet in a public place with your friends hiding inconspicuously in the corner of the Starbucks).
Care to add anything to this list?
And here’s a video about thinking before you post: