Activity to encourage young people to think about the dangers of the internet, and how these can be reduced/managed.
Run this activity in small groups, led by a leader/parent who is knowledgeable about the internet.
1. Have the Scouts list everything they do which uses the internet. Think about social media (instagram, facebook, twitter, whatsapp), online games (multiplayer and single-player), games consoles, websites, file sharing, email. Once the Scouts have written down everything they think they do which uses the internet, have them change the colour of their pen/pencil, and read it out loud to the group. They can add things to the bottom of their list that others say. Try to encourage them to think of other things that they might use, by listing some ideas.
How many more activities do the Scouts now have listed? The internet is used for many different activities that you might not have thought of at first.
2. On that list of activities, choose the one or two activities which are most likely to cause the following:
a. Having a conversation with a stranger online
b. Downloading viruses
c. Giving away personal information (what sort of information is personal?)
d. Can anyone think of any other online dangers?
3. These dangers of being online are very unlikely if the internet is used in a sensible way. For each of the dangers discussed, how can you reduce the risk?