Recently we started watching The Lost Princess. It is a film that tries to teach primary children the dangers of the internet. We watched four scenarios, three were based on real happenings, one was made up but still a powerful message.
I chose Charlotte. A nice girl really but she got up way too early just to go on the family computer! Her problem really made me think about how I should be acting online and whether I am doing what I should be. The problem she encountered wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea! What happened was, Charlotte decided she wanted to keep talking to her friend online because she trusted him, and so she decided she wanted to have more options. She gave him her phone number and email address. She would talk to him all the way through dinner over messaging. Whilst all those interesting conversations were going on over the table, Charlotte, being the curious girl she is, was organising for her and the 13 year old boy to meet up the next day! Her mother was getting rather fed up with her silence so she took away her phone. She realized what they had been planning and went to tell Charlotte. What neither of them new was that the boy was not much of a boy at all. In fact, he was a man! But that wasn’t it, he was also asking other girls Charlotte’s age too, and who knows what he was planning on doing with them! If Charlotte really wanted to go and meet him, she should have just sorted it out over the app she was using and then went with her mum to meet him if she desperately needed to! The biggest message I take away is never to go and meet a stranger from the internet because it is very easy to be someone that your not online!