This is an interesting video that may give pause for thought when it comes to doing what we can to protect ourselves from crime. Watch the video before reading on!
Identity theft is a growing form for crime and being careless with personal information can cause all kinds of problems. Physical self-defence has no role to play with regards to identity theft, but awareness and a healthy attitude to personal safety certainly do. But to be aware, we need to be clear on what we need to be aware of. Is an awareness of the nature of online crime a big blind spot in modern self-protection training?
Cyber-bullying, Cyber-Stalking, etc are also issues that modern self-protection needs to address as they can also lead to physical and mental harm and crime. Does anyone actually cover this? Or are we all still teaching things in a “pre-internet” manner?
When I was a child I was educated about the need not to go anywhere with strangers. Those in the UK of a certain age will remember this TV advert:
In the modern age children (and adults) need to be similarly educated about the dangers that can be faced online. I know the local schools do teach online safety to pupils and that they also run sessions for parents. I’m not aware of many self-protection instructors addressing this though.
Is this something that those who teach self-protection deal with? If so, how? Or are we teaching things that are out of date by failing to keep up in this modern internet age?
All the best,