When it comes to deal with the civility online and to stop harassment is quite same as to tackle with the crime on the streets. Telling people to get off from the streets is not an appropriate solution, but to take a multi-prong approach to tackle the issue in terms of making sure the streets safer and to educate people to be smart while on the streets. Likewise, our streets on the web or “digital streets” are based on multiple factors that are increasing or decreasing the level of safety and vibrancy. The issues like bullying online, stalking, pedophile personalities and plenty of others evils are making digital streets vulnerable especially for teens and children. Therefore, today’s young generation should know that when civility online a duty and when is it a trap? Its parent’s responsibility that they should teach their kids and teens about 3 “E’S of digital citizenship such as educate, empower and engage then we will be able to increase civility online to the fullest.
When Civility Online A Trap For Young Kids and Teen?
The explosion of technology in terms of cell phones, gadgets and computing devices connected to the cyberspace is undoubtedly benefited mankind to the utmost. But with the rise of social media platforms and mobile phones in teen’s hands have put teens at stake. Today, predators in real –life have migrated to the web and they try to establish contact with the teens and kids through chat rooms, conversations, instant messaging, and email or via discussion boards.
Most of the teens these days own smartphones alongside internet access and they always remain online on multiple social networking apps. So, cyber predators usually visit the digital streets in terms of WhatsApp, Facebook, Yahoo, Line, Vine, Snapchat, Instagram and others alike and look for a vulnerable victim. Moreover, all the predators online have very common things in their approach that every teen should know about it. If teens don’t know that their parents should teach their kids and teens before they get digital citizenship.