Friday, 21 March 2014

Technology Use Scenario 9

Scenario 9:
Jaime has persuaded her parents to let her talk to her friends in an online chat room. Many of the people in the chat room are Jamie's friends, but there are some people she does not know. For several days, she has notices one if these individuals talking to some of her friends. Now, this person is starting to ask Jamie about herself and what she looks like. Jamie becomes uncomfortable and logs off the chat room. Later that evening, she talks to her parents and mentions the person in the chat room and how it made her feel.
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Initially Jamie has started off on the right track by seeking her parents' permission before engaging in online chatting. There can be very serious implications to children chatting online.  An article written by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation - Publications ( A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety) states that "There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts".  In this case she was displaying appropriate use of technology by  first requesting permission, secondly recognising a potential threat and thirdly reporting it to her parents in a timely manner expressing her discomfort.  Jamie should be applauded for being very responsible.


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― Mahatma Gandhi


  1. Hi Eugene,
    I agree that Jamie displayed appropriate technology use. Wouldn't it be nice if this scenario was indicative of all of those using a chat room. Unfortunately, many young people are not as aware or educated as Jamie. Hopefully with discussions and tweets such as this, we can make more people aware of the dangers online.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. I completely agree with you Debbie. I wish all scenarios such as these can have a positive outcome such as this. I believe that as adult we should make a conscious effort to inform the upcoming generations. As technology advances, so to does the risk of of our personal safety being undermined.

  2. I agree with you when you say that Jamie has taken the correct steps in using technology appropriately. It is true that often children don't understand the implications and reproductions of using technology inappropriately. If Jamie had not seeked her parents approval in the first place she may not have felt comfortable confiding in them when things went wrong. Therefore I think it is very important that children ask about and understand the things they are getting involved with prior to doing so.

  3. Thanks for your contribution.
    Can you imagine how many kids who go online and not be as responsible? If we look closely, we will see how much of this goes on and with negative outcomes.
    It's scary to imagine kids today not being taught digital safety.

  4. Hey Eugene,

    I've heard this is a major issue with children in the Philippines I think or somewhere in that area. I read this article about an article intelligence robot that's been created especially for children in the Phiipines to help catch sexual predators, a really interesting article, give it a read.

  5. Jaime did everything right. She used technology appropriately and when things turned sour, she did not need any more information to realize threat in the online environment. Jaime is clearly aware of the predators that are out there in the online world. She did the right thing speaking to her parents, this was the best thing she could possibly do. The next step would be going to the police if anything like this happened again.

  6. @ Pavin. Thanks for sharing that article!