Our children are growing up in a very different environment than previous generations, thanks in large part to technology. They have phones with social media accounts and cameras to document everything they do; they can get in touch with anyone; they can mask their identity; they can even alter digital content.
Technological advances and devices have changed the way we live. In some cases, they make us feel safer, like having a camera in your doorbell. In other cases, however, technology facilitates gross violations of our privacy.
Individuals and companies use computers for most things these days and, while this is easy and convenient, it can also lead to bigger issues in Rhode Island. Cybercrime is a major problem, and the consequences can be large. People should know how to recognize this type of activity and take steps to prevent it from occurring to them.
With an increase in the number of children in Rhode Island who own personal electronic devices, the concern about cyberbullying continues to rise. The dangerous practice of relentlessly bullying others from an electronic device can be virtually unnoticeable unless people are actively looking for evidence that mistreatment is occurring. Even though the bullying may not be physical, it is still extremely damaging and can result in legal consequences.