We launched this year’s Erasmus+ programme at Zrínyi Miklós Grammar School with a lecture on the threats of the net. The briefing was quite interactive as the lecturer tried to rely on our students’ experiences and comments. Basically three categories were highlighted: the effects of the internet on a) the equipment (ie your PC) b) people’s health and c) people’s mind.
The students from year 9 mentioned all those threats that could be dangerous for their computers, such as viruses, spams, chain letters and so on. The biggest emphasis was put on the harmful effects of inactive lifestyle that results in eyestrain, spine problems, stress, radiowaves from wifi and mobiles, etc.
Our students are aware of some facts that influence their mind in a negative way, for instance:
- they shouldn’t believe everything that exists on the net
- they mustn’t share useless information and post private photos
- they shouldn’t devote long hours to games
- they should have hard passwords
- they should be careful when buying items online
Other things, however, were clarified by the expert, such as:
- the danger of a person’s distortion
- missing out in society, having dual personality
- lack of private conversations
- dangers of bullying
And finally: what can you do if you are affected by any of the formerly mentioned phenomena? First and foremost, THINK! You can always turn to your teachers and parents for help, you have to report bullying on various sites (biztonsagosinternet,hu, saferinternet.hu) and you can call some free numbers in Hungary (eg., Kék Vonal Alapítvány, 116-111).