In recent years there has been a revolution in the communication world and in the field of social media. In general, communication among the youth and also among the adults has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Social media has had a strong impact on the entire youth culture. A large proportion of young people over the age of 12 and even younger children now have a smartphone and communicate via social media such as whatsapp, face book, twitter and instagram.
These global developments also have a strong impact on Aruba. Children and youngsters can quickly access information and services by clicking on the mouse. All this technological development gives the children and youngsters the opportunity to get to know new things and people from very far away. Usually social media is used for positive things. However, children and youngsters should also be made aware of the potential danger and risks that the use of social media bring with it. Sexting, cyber bullying, Grooming, Child pornography and Catfish can be dangerous for the development of a child / youngster.
Everyone has his / her own share of responsibility in this. The internet provider, parents, teachers and the children / youngsters themselves. In addition to lecture for the children and youngsters, Fundacion Telefon pa Hubentud Aruba has developed a workshop for teachers on how to deal with social media, Cyber World. Through the workshop of the Cyber World, Fundacion Telefon Aruba tries to give instruments to the teachers so that they can identify certain behaviors more quickly. The teachers can use the information obtained during the workshop to improve the learning climate in the schools and to set limits on deviant behavior of the pupils.