A couple of weeks ago, I ran a highly unscientific survey on twitter. Asking what advice would people give to children about security.
The response was overwhelmingly in favour of educating them to be cautious online, not trust people and generally be paranoid.
Other comments were more along the lines of teaching them not to click on suspicious links in emails or visit sites like 4chan.
Anyway, taking the leading topic of not trusting people online I thought it would be a good idea to make it into a PSA style video. Like most of my video’s it turned out different to how I initially envisioned it to be and hence it’s a lot darker and more serious than my previous offerings.
Note that the intention isn’t to say that the internet is full of paedophiles and that’s the only threat you should be worried about. But rather, it applies equally to adults as well as children and for many reasons. You have fraudsters who want you to forward them your bank account details so that you can receive a lottery winning, or dodgy marketing companies trying to harvest your information so they can sell on.
In a nutshell, it’s better to be paranoid online and be careful of who you share information with.