Safer Internet Day 2019: A healthy scepticism for REASONING Online

The 3rd “R” for Safer Internet Day 2019 is Reasoning. It can certainly be said that there’s not always a lot that is reasonable online. There are those trying to sell us dodgy or unwanted products or services.  Those that want to argue an unfounded idea or belief. Those that want to make up and share a meme, story or article based on untruths or dangerous lies. There are those wanting to permeate fear by creating clickbait headlines to manipulate us on to their pages, sites or publications. There are media sites and journalists struggling to keep up with fact checking before stories are released to the world via blogs and smaller organisations. There are social media sites unable to do character checks or verify their users. There are those willing to say or do almost anything to get a few extra votes or likes. There are those unable to determine who they are really talking to online. Some giving away personal information in order to get a free trolley full of groceries from a Facebook site with 54 followers.

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