Sunday 24 September 2017

Young web users beware: the internet never forgets

Andrew O'Donoghue

THE internet never forgets. The 10pc of teenagers surveyed who posted an embarrassing photo, or the 12pc who used foul language online, according to the McAfee's Digital Divide survey, may have a long time to reflect on their embarrassment. And that embarrassment could follow them to a new school, college or job.

Online, the world is watching and you can be judged by your past behaviour for a lifetime.

Digital learning initiatives like tablets in schools and emerging Massive Online Open Courses are transforming education and the potential for learning, so it's disturbing to read in McAfee's survey that a third of parents have resorted to taking away their teens' mobile devices or computers, which is counter-productive in the extreme.

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