Our students have access to a myriad of amazing and ubiquitous information and communications technologies (ICTs). Mobile phones, smart phones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Nintendo DS consoles, personal gaming consoles, laptops, PCs and even televisions can now connect with people from all over the world in an instant. You can very easily communicate with a person from the other side of the world with a click of a button.
But, do you actually know who that person really is? Just because there is a picture in their bio, location details, personal descriptions and regular conversations about their day to day lives, it could all be a big ruse, a lie – a massive deception.
It is easier than ever to become someone you are not for ill-gotten gains, whether they are for financial, identity or other sinister reasons. Of course, we all want to protect our children. But is banning them from Facebook really going to help them make good decisions?
At Coomera Anglican College, we are endeavouring to empower students with the ability to be discerning, critical and judgmental in their decisions about how, when, where and with whom they use ICTs in social and educational settings.