PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistant)

How many devices have you used in the last three years to access your online accounts?

Obviously, your smart phone, your three month old computer, your tablet, your computer before that. Your friends tablet that time you were staying with them in Sydney, your aunts desktop computer, your husbands smart phone… and the list goes on. There was even that tablet that I bought and didn’t enjoy so I returned it… logged onto my emails and facebook on that too.

The reason why I ask is that your PDA’s, or Personal Digital Assistants, such as all the items you thought of briefly above store information about your communications. Did you realise you were so connected and had left snippets of yourself on different devices, and over the internet.

The following website offers teachers, students and parents alike information about the internet and the communication possibilities that may not have been possible when the reader was in school. I.e. online etiquette – has evolved since I was in high school. Complaining about daily life on social media is not okay, nor is putting up millions of pictures from your night out – but it used to be. Etiquette has changed so much already, which means that parents or teachers who are trying to help their students/ children deal with online cyber bullying (for example) may not understand the complexities of the issue due to the etiquette of using social media changing so quickly. This is due to the amount of different social medias people use, and the increasing accessibility of social medias – the level of communication speed we can now achieve is related to the fast evolving nature of changing of online etiquette and therefore more disconnection from parents / teachers and their students.

Therefore, it is more important than ever for parents, teachers and students to educate themselves about the dangers of high rates of communication such as what social medias and the internet provide and a website such as this ‘Cyber Smart’ allows us to do so – with issues that are relevant to the Australian culture.



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