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Parents create Internet bugbears

It does not make you go blind or get you captured by aliens
Tue Jun 08 2004, 08:28
KIDS ARE getting bizarre fears about the Internet because of paranoid parents, according to recent research.

The University of London's Institute of Education (IoE) said that the little mites are scared that if they search the web they could catch Aids, or be abducted by aliens if they search the net.

Parents obsessed that their children might meet murderers or paedophiles online, may be responsible for creating false and exaggerated fears about the internet.

The children in the study were scared that the Interweb could put them at risk from bomb-making, blackmail, HIV, asylum seekers, aliens and blindness.

Not only might such fears breed a generation of Internet illiterate kids, it is already responsible for leading to confusion in children's minds about real threats, the report continues.

Apparently, children are already confusing hackers with paedophiles who they thought sent viruses via spam.

The report said that instead of terrifying children, it was better for parents to train them to think critically when using the Internet because that enabled them to gauge what risks the technology really poses, and how to handle those problems.

According to the Grauniad children often did not report problems they encountered online due to fears that their parents would withdraw access to the technology. µ

To read the full story go here ( http://society.guardian.co.uk/children/story/0,1074,1233308,00.html?=ticker)

 

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