Internet, Education and Morale

Internet.

At first it seemed it was something fantastic.

Now even the average user is starting to notice how dangerous it can be.
I am not going to write a lot of FUD.
I just want to think about which the issues are at the moment.

PCs and their use evolved with a speed that was untough of before.

But in the frenzy of giving the masses "easy to use" graphical interfaces, and functionalities to attract them and create the current addiction to substain the market itself, we forgot to teach the people.
We forgot to build in security other than features, we forgot to let people understand WHAT they were using, and how it worked.
And even how it could misused, so that we could PROTECT ourselves.

I used to be quite drastical in thinking that people should just not use personal computers… what do they need them for?
I just mean thje normal people, those who find it difficult even to operate them, let's keep troubleshooting aside!
I was of the idea that a computer should be user by someone who knows how to use it.
But my retro-thinking was obviously destined to fail, as the IT-revolution was spreading more and more and pcs were moved from the specialist's room to the lounges of the normal "average" people…
'Simple' Computing, GUIs, and a huge amount of features made it accessible to the masses.

The issue with vandals: bad crackers, defacers, virus writers, script kiddies….
The society does not tell our youth the truth.
Our modern society tells kids a 'double message': on one side it condemns these behaviours, one the other side it glorifies them.

Hackers are celebrated in movies.
Breaking things gets subliminally presented as being something COOL, something you have to do, if you want to be like your heroes on telly…

and then the guys who fall in the trap on the media and actually behave this way get busted, condemned, punished, and moreover we are creating more and more restrictive laws to block these things.

Not that you should follow everything you see, of course, but it becomes increasingly challenging and difficult for a parent to counterfight this messages of the media, of the society.

As a parent I am afraid.
How much strenght do we have as parents and educators, against the massive power the media have ?
How much influence do we manage to keep on our kids ?
How many parents ARE actually aware of these issues ? Some don't even know the full story themselves…

[Thanks for the image to the guy I stole it from (who actually found it around as well) – www.networkintrusion.co.uk]

So then we have to hear around abou these terrible criminals… well, there might be those as well. Certainly they are there. But there is also another phenomenon: kids loving the thrill of something illegal, for its own sake.
I don't know how much jail time is going to solve the issue, and how much should we rather watch at teaching values to our young men…
I see it as more of a social issue than – again – the media would like to let us believe….




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