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).
In the public imagination, there are two sides to the Internet coin.
Teachers, parents, librarians and other adults want to encourage children and young people to make maximum use of the positive and creative possibilities of the internet, but they also feel, to varying degrees, responsible for steering them away from the dark side.
In some cases they will use blocks and filters but these are never fully effective and they know that they need to find other ways of guiding children to safe use.
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This paper reports a small number of interviews with young people in Athens about their use of Internet chatrooms as a means of meeting people.
However, talking about the weather and what she’s drinking is too dull.
Say something that suggests you are actually attracted to her, not just making your way to the bar.
Some of the practices adopted by these young people are surprising and counter to the conventional advice given by official authorities.
We were approaching our final destination and stood up to queue by the train doors, as British people feel compelled to do.
A man casually leaned over to a girl who’d walked across from the opposite carriage and asked, “Have you had lunch?
I think it might be fun.” She looked at him with a mixture of bewilderment and awe before smilingly accepting. I fully concede that, for men, chatting up women must be absolutely terrifying.
Girls chatting up men (simply because of the relative novelty of the situation) are almost guaranteed a cheerful refusal at the very least…