Over the last week, as New Zealanders begin to change their jandals (flip-flops / thongs) for shoes, I’ve noted a significant increase in the number of “warnings” being posted in my social network feeds. This is not uncommon and it’s not unique only to my network of contacts as these articles point out.
Now, for the most part, folks in my social stream tend to only get caught on an infrequent basis by these messages. I do my best to flick a link back if it’s an obvious hoax, as do others who we share as common contacts. I have been caught myself and have more than once shared something which, if I’d relied on more than wishful thinking, would/should have been filtered out.
So – why do these attacks work, why do the hoaxes perpetuate, and what can we do as a community to reduce our chances of passing on misinformation to our networks?
The simple answer is diligence. Continue reading “Social Scams and Why They Work”
21st Century Parenting – Challenges and Solutions
Lee Chisholm, Operations manager, NetSafe
This was an obvious choice as a session for me to attend, and it opened with an attention grabbing quote…
â€œThree times as many smart phones every minute are activated than there are babies being bornâ€ – Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson
This quote sets the stage for the overwhelming influx of technologies into our lives and especially the lives of our children. The problem is, parents are being fed these lines time and again to the point where many throw in the towel and give up trying to stay current with what their children are doing.
Even more worrisome than the parents giving up, is the parents abdicating the responsibility of teaching and modelling these skills to schools.Â Schools do not have the resources to do this stuff alone
Continue reading “NetHui 2011 – Day 1: Digital Citizenship – 21st Century Parenting”