A few days ago, Logan high had an assembly that they have every year about the internet and how we should really be aware of how much impact the internet has on us. The lady that was talking and stated that the average 6th-8th grader spend about 6 hours a day on the internet and then went on to say that our generation wants things quickly since we have become so used to the internet and it giving us access to information quickly.
The students in the assembly were told that we have become addicted to the internet, that we can’t wait a few minutes without checking our phones. She demonstrated this by showing a video about an experiment where kids are told that they can eat a marshmallow that they have given them or they can wait 10 minutes to get a second marshmallow and I’m assuming that this was just a way of telling us that we really are impatient when it comes to to things we want to see especially phones.
We got into a touchy subject that really gets people thinking when it comes to technology and that is texting and driving. 60% of car accidents are caused by someone texting and driving. We saw a video about someone asking teens how often they glance at their phone while driving and most of them said that do it every now and then, they were then confronted by a girl that told a story about her family getting in an awful accident that cost the life of both of her parents and all because of some driver that was looking at their phone while driving. It really makes you think about how easy it is to take a life within the matter of seconds.
One of the most important messages in the assembly has to be the dangers when it comes to the internet. She talked about online predators which is the most common thing you will hear when it comes to online safety. The lady then started spitting facts about 99% of online predators are male and at the age range of 26 and up. We really should be cautious of these online predators. These always a block button anyways but that’s not the only thing we should be looking out for. You should also watch out for the term in conditions. We were informed that if you don’t have time to read the terms and conditions on an app (Which we don’t because they are like 500 pages long) then all you have to do is google the certain apps terms and conditions and google will tell you the most important parts of the terms and conditions. You’d be surprised of the things they ask of you if you authorize an app like having access to your contact information, turn on your microphone without you knowing and even asking you for your credit card information so please be safe on the internet and be very cautious because as fun as the internet can be, it can be extremely dangerous as well.
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