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The Internet has become, for many of us, not only our primary source of information, but has extended and changed the scale of our social networks and the pace and intensity with which we interact with people: it has changed our identities (Mitchell, 2003).
A year later, the Waverley paddle steamer docked at the pier and relived the glory days by carting off a ship-full of passengers up to the Smoke. In 1934, a fierce storm saw the 'T' section at the end of the pier swept away, never to be replaced.Despite the steamships gradually losing trade to improved road connections, the pier remained popular with a 1937 pavilion adding a concert hall and amusement arcade.In the last few years there has been a growing public concern about the dangers of socialising with strangers in chatrooms, but what do the users themselves think about the risks involved, and what strategies have they adopted to manage these risks?
Some of the practices adopted by these young people are surprising and counter to the conventional advice given by official authorities.
Censorship does not work in cyberspace (or works in only partial and transitory ways) and what is generally agreed is needed is education in ‘responsible use.’ This includes developing educational strategies that take account of the appeal and attraction of the Internet and supports young people in reflecting on their own practice as Internet users and the consequences of their Internet interactions on others. Generally speaking we found that the fears that young people had about the safety of the Internet differed from those of adults.