Internet and Autism…
Wheres the harm
For teens and children the internet can be the font of all knowledge, but it can also be the source of worry for parents. With the rise in social media, and anon websites where you do not have to have your name displayed, bullying is on the rise and not just bullying. Children and teens who are vulnerable and on the web, would need to have their activities monitored to ensure that they are kept safe. Before I grew up, I was involved in an online relationship with this guy. Total creep he was. At first I was blind to it. He played the nice guy with me calling me beautiful anything any girl wants to hear, i trusted him far too easy, i should have smelt a rat but no he just kept laying on the charm. We met on a social media site Tagged I think it was called. It soon developed into a talking relationship over the IM service MSN Messenger. Though I am still haunted with the thoughts of what he made me do on those chats, he would ask me very explicit questions and heres where alarm bells should have been ringing. He asked me for explicit photos and god I was so naive I actually did it. Thats the mistake that will haunt my life but it made me stronger to know i can overcome adversity in my life.
Ok enough about me. How can you keep safe on the net.
Firstly we need to know what is on the net or more importantly I should say who. Not everyone you meet is who they say they are. I go by Just One Autistic Girl because I do not repercussions of what I say to come back and bite me on the backside. Its the same with sexual predators they conceal their identity to make themselves more relatable to you. Make up stories of a life which never even existed just so they can get close to you. With the emergence of Snapchat its much easier to leave virtually no trail. Except there is one trail. The trail of screenshots.. Pervs won’t settle for these few seconds they want something that will last so they savor the image. It’s absoloutely sick. For kids to be popular on the social networks they have to make friends, and most of those friends are people they have never met before and all it takes is one of those people to build an emotional connection and abuse them.
I hope you have gleaned some info about internet safety and my own personal story has taught you to know who you are talking with online.
I am just one autistic girl. My nickname as my friends know me is elephant because I am loud when I shout.