Computer cheats can mean trouble

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am


Most teenagers love playing on their computers, but they need to be aware of some terrible online traps. There are many people waiting to cheat you on the internet.

Most people meet these cheats on social networking sites. Teenagers buy things they like, but sometimes they lose money in illegal scams.

It is also possible to meet strangers on the internet and this can be dangerous. People can also use computers to hurt others through cyberbullying. Teens can be easily upset by others' lies and cannot find out who spread them as these people use false names.

The people who use computers to do bad things are mean, and sometimes these devices are not good for teenagers. I think young people should spend less time on their computers.

Flora Wong, Carmel Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Flora. Computers and the internet are obviously hugely important and useful in modern life. But there are very definite down-sides.

The internet is largely anonymous - there is no simple way to check a person's identity, so unless you know someone personally, you can't be sure an online 'friend' is who they say they are. It's also relatively easy for people to steal credit card details and even your identity by hacking into your online accounts.

There are clearly some grave dangers associated with the internet, which make it a good reason to limit your online time. In addition, sitting at your computer during all your free time is bad for your health.

Make a change today. Cut your online time down, and spend more time talking to real people, and moving around. Your body and mind will thank you.

Karly, Deputy Editor