How has technology and the internet helped make the world a safer place?
3 years ago
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK
We talk a lot about the bad things that have come out of the internet and our technological age, but let’s not forget how much tech has helped to make the world a better, safer place to be.
Mobile phones for children may be controversial, but at least they mean that you always know where your child is and can contact them if necessary. I’m glad that my children are growing up in a world with easy access to mobile technology like this.
When it comes to living in a safer world, tech has transformed police work - from the UK's National DNA Database to the fact that police forces in different areas can now share information much more easily. Crimes get solved with the help of technology that wouldn’t have been solved before. A burglar in our area was caught because of his DNA on a cigarette butt on the doorstep outside a house he’d robbed. And who knows how many crimes are prevented because technology has made it more trouble than it’s worth?
Some technology has helped to make us more responsible for our actions. We may not like that there is CCTV everywhere we go, but at least it will make us think twice the next time we want to put a cat in a bin. A life lived in full view, with potential consequences for your actions, is one that forces you to think about the bigger picture.
And if you want to do something about making the work a safer place, easy access to technology means you can take practical action for the causes you feel passionately about: Take a look at Hollaback!, which campaigns to end street harrassment; or Project Night Fright, which provides care packages for homeless children; or Cybersmile which provides resources for anyone experiencing cyberbullying.
How has technology helped you feel safer? Tell us in the comments below.