Describe the Risks and Possible Consequences for Children or Young People Using the Internet, Mobile Phones and Other Technologies.

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3.2 Describe the risks and possible consequences for children or young people using the internet, mobile phones and other technologies. The internet can be a valuable tool for both educational and social reasons, but there are some serious risks associated with using the internet, mobile phones and other similar technologies. Children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to dangers when using the internet, mobile phones and other technologies. The majority of people when asked would mention the same big three concerns about their Child and the risks and consequences of them using the internet, mobile phones and other technologies. They are Stranger Danger, Pornography and Bullying. They may do this knowingly or unknowingly. Exposure to inappropriate material which could be pornographic, violent or racist- this can encourage illegal or dangerous behaviour and activities. There is a risk of physical danger, paedophiles use technologies as a tool which they use as opportunities to pose as whoever they wish and they then develop friendships/relationships with children and young people which can progress into sexual activity. Children and young people are at risk of bullying when using the internet, mobile phone and other technologies as it provides an anonymous method of bullying by way of text messages and emails which can be emotionally damaging to a child or young person. Racist, anti-social and cult groups use modern technologies to preach and spread what they are and what they stand for, leaving children and young people very venerable to becoming part of their activity which is unhealthy, unsafe and often illegal. Children and young people are very venerable to predators of all natures using the internet and other technologies, by the encouragement of giving out personal information about them and others close to them, which will put not

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