My view is that we should be informing, educating and supporting young people to be more responsible online and far more aware of the dangers and security threats they may or may not face by sharing information online.
An excellent website that i am aware of called thinkuknow has some great information for young people, parents and practitioners in this area.
Personally from my experience young people see these sites primarily as ways in which they can continue the dialogue with their friends and do not always see the wider aspects of the platform they do it in.
before people start thinking about shutting down sites, they should focus on what is happening generally in the world and by banning sites now does not stop some of the things that happen in these sites from happening in the real world.
Some of the comments i received last week were that young people are concerned by bullying in these sites as well as in the real world…my view is that with a digital footprint, you have a clear audit trail of this type of activity then would if it were happening in the playground.
These are my views at present and i am continuing my thought process in this area as we need to make sure we make the right decisions for the right reasons. Anyway take a read of Nick’s post….