The use of technology among young people is something I encourage as they find themselves in an ever-increasingly wired and inter-connected world. I do however believe that parents and teachers have a responsibility to teach children how to use technology in a responsible manner. I also believe that parents need to place the necessary restrictions in place to protect their children from the potential dangers of misusing technology.
The media has recently reported on several incidents involving MXit - mainly focusing on the recent phenomenon of lists naming those who some have labelled as "sluts" and "ugly".
Take a look at these reports - they make for interesting reading (especially for parents and teachers). I will be circulating these to the Grade 6 & 7 parents and all teachers at my school on Monday.
1) Getting The Message Across
2) Parents Go To War Over MXit
3) Sex Danger In Chatrooms
4) Film Board To Look At 'Slut List'
5) MXit Suspected As Teen Absconds
6) Malicious MXit Lists Create Cruel Copy-Cats