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Are we doing enough to teach our children on internet safety?

Are schools doing enough to educate children on how to use the internet safely and securely?

I am not talking about anti-virus software, spyware, or firewalls.  I am talking about divulging personal information or meeting people they have chatted with online, most especially since Friendster is very popular here in the Philippines. Have our schools done enough?  Shouldn’t parents ensure that this is covered in the curriculum?

What about porn sites?  Has the school given some education on how we should handle porn sites? 


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  • psadornas

    I think our (public) schools rarely get the chance to discuss or even mention about internet safety. Filipino teens and kids learn about Friendster through their, well, friends.

    This is alarming because it exposes individuals to a wide array of malwares from these social networking sites. As for privacy, I believe the teens don’t bother about it much. The idea of protecting personal information like name, address, and other details have gone past most of Filipinos’ attention — thus the next generation don’t even care about privacy anymore.

    As for porn sites, I don’t think that putting them up as part of an education curriculum can help decrease its use and abuse. It will only make porn site more popular by apealing to their curiosity. What if they didn’t know about it? And you tell them about it and later discourage them from viewing them?

    Good parenthood to the rescue.

  • Myspace = porn site

    If you hang around at myspace a lot, you’d see why.

  • porns are natural passtime for humans.

  • banksxs: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Pictures people upload in Myspace are close to becoming porn.

    It’s terrible.

  • Psadornas,
    Refusing to educate people about porn because of the fear that it will increase its popularity is like putting your head in the sand. The kids nowadays will find it out anyway. In fact, they probably know more these sites than we do. Security through obscurity is no longer acceptable.

  • that responsibility lies in the hand of public internet shop owners..

  • And it’s a sin too!


  • lets teach the elders.

    im a myspace whore.

  • Lets keep to the topic folks. We are talking about educating tomorrow’s generation, not whether or not myspace is a porn site.

  • brokebakla mountain

    Societal malaise is the root cause of sexual perversity, pervasive not just online but in our own distortion of sex per se, of a healthy sense of sexuality, of a dialectic between paradigms of freedom and responsibility. Exposure to sexuality in its different guises is not the threat, it’s our narrowminded worldview, nay our ‘Weltanschauung’ that presupposes that a little carnal knowledge is a bad thing. Children are born innocent and are sullied by your ilk because of your peurile and antideluvian notions of human sexuality. Sexuality is fluid, cannot be contained within the parameters of cyberspace, firewalls notwithstanding. Would you rather your children learn about sex as something “dirty” in backyard alleys than in socially approved sites such as Friendster? Friendster is not the monster you make it to be, merely a digital community where, given the supposition that one has awareness and consciousness (and don’t you doubt it, children are as hyper-aware, vigilant and sentient as their supposedly more mature parents, elders or authority figures) that one is cognizant of the dangers of the violation of one’s space, be it physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and sexual. That said, more emphasis must be made on the spiritual aspects of human sexuality than its inherent dangers. If prevention be the cure, then start with the spiritual, metaphysical, ideological awakening of the human being of which sexuality is intrinsic to its very nature.

  • brokebakla mountain

    That said, whoever moderates this blog entry oughta be bitch slapped in the head!

  • brokebakla mountain

    Wait. I apologize. Bitch-slap me on the head! I just remembered one thing: piracy and privacy! Just don’t give your kids access to your credit cards, social security and ATM passwords. DUH! Those kids oughta be bitch-slapped on their sweet little heads for stealing their parent’s credit cards any-old-hoo! Oh and yes, FREE PORN for everyone! 😛 Brilliant.

  • buwayahman

    Ha ha ha. Another pseudo-intellectual in the midst, coining heavy words like “Weltanschauung” to impress us. Flame bait at its worst. Sorry, I am not impressed at all.

    While I am not against sex education for our children, the article is asking about internet security. Not about the politics of porn. You make one dangerous supposition: that children are “cognizant of the dangers of the violation of one’s space, be it physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and sexual.” How sure are you?

    If you see a 12-year old child watching porn, are you sure that he can process the same information as that of an adult?

    How would you feel if suddenly you find your 12-year old daughter chatting with a man 3x her age?

  • brokebakla mountain

    Don’t underestimate the wisdom of anyone 3x younger than yourself (I’m assuming you’re ancient judging from your rigidity), at least the children I raise happen to be evolved, ideologically pure, street savvy and smart unlike the critters that popped out of your twat, who’re probably inbred and smell of cabbage and live in the Manila Zoo with the other crocodiles. `Nuff said.

    btw, I did not personally “coin” the word ‘Weltanschauung’. You give me far too much credit. Dickwad.

  • brokebakla mountain

    Thanks Crocodile Dundee, I appreciate your quoting me back to myself but it’s a moot point.

    My assertion is: anything that needs “police-ing” needs healing. And that includes policing the Internet. If we need to police what our children are exposed to on the Internet then isn’t it time to consider why and what it is we are censuring them against? It’s beyond the ken of mere re-education as it’s endemic to society. This requires being open, in mind, heart and spirit to debunking our outmoded thoughts, questioning our belief systems and risking a paradigm shift. This is not a matter of mere polemics, it’s questioning what we identify with as human beings. That said, is it true that “The Da Vinci Code” was banned from viewing in the Philippines? This is yet another example of rigidity. (Not counting the fact that it’s well-researched fiction, it’s also a statement against our collective inability to honor the Sacred Feminine and finally put an end to the demonizing of sex, women and Mary Magdalene in religion…but that’s a whole other issue that I will leave you to discuss amongst yourselves…at least you’ve read the book…the movie was pretty close…casting wasn’t ideal tho’)

    [On yet another note, this could be the Golden Age of the Internet while it’s still “free.” Soon, it will be considered a municipal utility and/or subject to fees by corporate and commercial entities. It’s happening, people.]

  • I don’t think anyone is talking about “police”-ing the internet. We are talking about educating the children so that they don’t have to be policed.  You did mention that it is about ensuring they have an open mind, heart, and spirit. 

    So BB, how would you do it?  Please be specific and not in broad strokes.

  • Anything which has sex in it sure receives a lot of comments and heat from people.

  • Sex and nurses 🙂

  • how can we educate our young when most of our educators are clueless with computers and the internet?

  • buwayahman

    Da Vinci Code is a well-researched fiction??? Just go to Wikipedia and check out how everything in that book was debunked.

    And yes pls answer the question: how would you educate your children?

  • brokebakla mountain

    Wow! Gotta love the response rate to this particular blog entry. Yes, sex and technology have a way of heating things up!

    Well, my husband and I travel a lot as I write and teach at Oxford as a Professor of Semiotics (which probably accounts for why I get heated up over processes, semantics and worldviews!) and he is a developer for Apple and fledgling rock musician/artist and during the summer months and many holiday breaks we take the kids on travel with us around the world. My daughter has been to the Kanamara Matsuri ‘phallus festival’ in Japan, as well as to the temples in India replete with images and sculptures in relief depicting the Kama Sutra, and I encourage her to ask questions (she is a burgeoning philosopher at 11 and a half!) about anything that interests her or piques her imagination. She is also encouraged to speak at length to adults, especially my professor friends to develop a keen mind and a facility for languages (she speaks fluent Tagalog btw, from our frequent trips home–I am half-English and Filipino– and even came up with the phrase ‘brokebakla mountain’ –thus my moniker– which amused me, as I hadn’t seen the film and she did, saying it was “not just a movie about gay cowboys but about love.” We raised her Catholic but we make sure she has a well-rounded sense of herself and an inclusive worldview, so she practises yoga, dabbles in tai ch’i and even has an interest in Tantricism since our trip to India and Nepal. “It’s all about love,” she says and not stringent religions. That said, we keep an open mind about everything: cultures, religions, sex, literature and make sure that she gets a wholesome education that doesn’t limit itself to the four-walls of a classroom but that engages her in life itself. Travel can me expensive but worth it, and even if not every parent can jet set around the globe it’s important that they understand the world they live in.

    I enjoyed hearing back from you but I’m afraid this will have to be the last one. We are travelling at length again to Bali and then to conferences in Paris for semiotics and in CA for the big Mac OS X developer conference (I can’t wait to try out the new “Leopard”) and I’m finishing a book which goes out to press soon. I hope you will continue the heated discussions on this wonderful blog of yours, as it is a great forum for debate and keep on asking those questions and challenging yourselves! Cheers…

  • psadornas

    Well, there are still children who ought to be protected from exposure to these sites.

    Not every children can philosophize about a visual stimulation infront of their eyes.