Monday, 16 February 2015

So, Twice As Many Can Cope With The Problem As Consider It A Problem In The First Place?

We clearly have no need for a ‘Safer Internet Day’, then…
Nearly a third of British 11-16 year-olds say they have been targeted by mean or cruel behaviour online in the last year, but nearly two-thirds say they feel able to cope with online negativity, according to a survey commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
No problem here!
The report suggests that many children are taking action on these services when they encounter negativity. Of those who have experienced mean behaviour, 75% have blocked another user; 68% have supported someone who was being targeted, and 74% have stood up to a culprit.
Heh! They are doing better than the adults, then, clearly!

Not that that’s going to stop yet another worthless fakecharity from pushing their agenda:
“The report shows how important technology is in young people’s lives and their friendships: for the majority of them, the internet is a positive place. But there is still that issue of young people that don’t have such a good time,”
Will Gardner, chief executive of Childnet International and director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, told the Guardian. “We don’t want to trivialise the fact that many young people are having a difficult time online. We want to use this Safer Internet Day event to inspire young people to create a kinder internet for themselves, as well as showing parents that internet safety is an important issue to be looking at.”
Translation: “Gissa job!”
“The UK is seen as something of a leader in the area of online safety. We’re very careful not to make this into a political issue: it is something which is relevant to everybody,” said Gardner.
“We want to make sure that whatever happens after the general election in May, there is good support in this space for education and awareness work.”
Translation: “Hey, you, new government, gissa job!”

2 comments:

The Stigler said...

"Mean behaviour" and "negativity"? Jesus, I thought I was a bit of a pussy, but have we really reached the level where someone being negative requires government money thrown at the situation?

Seriously, I'm pretty anti-intimidation and anti-bullying, but beyond that, man the fuck up.

JuliaM said...

"... but have we really reached the level where someone being negative requires government money thrown at the situation?"

I think we reached it back in the early to mid-Nineties.