With the invention of internet the way we communicate has taken up a new dimension all together. With its help we are able to communicate with anyone and that too anywhere. Many a times we even interact with many kinds of people from other parts of the world, whom we haven’t even met before. Internet is naturally a great way of coming across new people, but at the same time it involves a lot of risks too.
Issues like bullying have cropped up a lot with this new form of communication. Internet is naturally not immune to bullying. Every web user and specially the teens should be aware of these issues. Bullying can take many forms, be it emailing some kind of mean statements or text messaging about somebody behind those persons back.
5th national teen summit was hosted by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Their subject this time was online safety issues. This summit took place in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday the 15th of July. This summit had got together many teens from all across the country. They discussed a lot of online safety issues. These issues included not only the potential long-term impact of social posts that are made on a teenager’s digital reputation, but also sexting, and cyber bullying.
The discussion at this event was hosted by John Walsh, who is very popular in America as a children’s advocate. He was later joined by a guest panelist. This was the well-known James Andrews, who is famous for being a social media expert.
This event saw the release of the results of Cox and NCMEC. The results were based on their annual survey that looked into the aspects of the online behavior of the teenagers and this also included the big changes and the trends of the last five years.