Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

With the release of the iPhone 5 the battle between iPhone and Android has once again reignited. Getting their hands on this latest device has created a massive buzz in the world of technology. Try ringing Optus, Telstra or other mobile communication companies and you will find out that they already have allocated a new department handling all iPhone 5 orders. On the other hand, team Android has not backed down one single bit. When the iPhone 4s was launched, a number of Android handsets entered the market such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X and are considered as strong competitors.  The following is a poll on what the public prefers conducted through Facebook. As seen below, there is a small discrepancy between the two with Apple leading by just 4 votes.

To get a better grasp of the public opinion on this matter, let’s see what the consumers think.

Karll 23, Cranbourne: ‘I prefer Android because it’s still not as common as the iPhone. I like its uniqueness and the features of my current Samsung Galaxy s3 is simply better than iPhone4s!’

Elaine 29, Clarinda: ‘Definitely iPhone. It’s very user friendly and basically all of my friends have it so it allows us to make communication easier plus we can use FaceTime on one another’.

Those who are in favour of Androids contend that the iPhone is one item. Its technology lasts for one iteration and then the next evolution comes out; whereas with Android, the numbers of handsets that use the software number in the range of twenty to thirty per generation. Because the release of a new iPhone means that the iPhone itself is obsolete within a few months, the constant output of Android devices means that they can always stay slightly ahead of the curve where new innovation is concerned. On the contrary, iPhone fanatics are simply loyal to iPhones because of its user-friendliness and the thought that the majority has one. This allows them to install several apps that they can utilise together whether it is for the purpose of communication or games.

To further broaden our knowledge, let’s see what a sales consultant from a mobile company recommends to their customers.

Due to the many factors to consider which one is better, it is difficult to draw a conclusion. The battle between the iPhone and the Android then continues.

 

“Hey..you look familiar. Add me 😉

How old are you? 

 I’d really love to meet you.”

Sound familiar? Of course, it sounds like what may seem to be a genuine conversation starter. But if this is being said to a 12 year old school girl, we should be worried. This is exactly what many young girls AND boys are facing in the deceiving yet attractive world of technology. Online child grooming is a serious issue and is being looked into by the Australian Institute of Criminology.It’s called child grooming and it’s becoming a frightening issue arising in contemporary society. A child groomer is generally known to lure a child or children into a trustworthy relationship by usually faking an identity which appeals to the victim. Facebook, MSN/Windows Live and even websites such as Neopets (an online virtual pet world, where individuals create an online pet and integrate them into the community with other Neopets) are tools for child groomers to find their victims.

The most recent case of child grooming was by a Melbournian who used Facebook to groom minors for sex. The 22-year-old is in jail for 15 months for posing as a 14 year-old boy and using the social network site as a service to seduce young girls. Then after presenting several images, videos and graphics to the child and normalising the idea of sexual activity, a child groomer tries to make the child accept this sort of behaviour.

The video below explains the actual process of child grooming and how serious it actually is. 

Similar to child grooming, recently in New South Wales there was the case of the ‘facebook killer’. An 18 year old girl was lured into bushland and murdered after a 22-year old man faked his identity as a team leader from the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service. He found out she was an animal lover after researching into her hobbies and lifestyle using that to gain her trust. Child groomers also use hobbies and interests of children to communicate freely and attract them.

Parents need to monitor their children when on the internet. China has gone as far as banning Facebook, but all that’s really needed is parental supervision.

In this day and age, the internet has become a playground for predators. Whether you monitor your child or not determine’s how vulnerable they are to predators.