The Reality of the MXit Mania

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Beyond Positive & Negative: A Presentation on the dangers and benefits of the MXit instant messaging / chat room application for parents, teachers and children.

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  • The Reality of the MXit Mania

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Beyond Positive and Negative: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Reality of MXit Mania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ramon Thomas </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. Another MXit victim!
    3. 3. Media Reports <ul><li>Nude Teen Photos (May 2007)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Cocaine Parties (March 2007)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Teenagers outside Cavendish Mall (Jan 2007)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>The Abduction Case (2006)‏ </li></ul>
    4. 4. Mark Foley
    5. 5. Some statistics <ul><li>Internet: 4 million </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide: 1.1 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Cellphone: 32 million </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide: 2.5 billion </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is MXit? <ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Chat Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Community </li></ul><ul><li>Cost/Moola </li></ul><ul><li>GPRS/3G </li></ul>
    7. 7. MXit Growth <ul><li>4 million users </li></ul><ul><li>200 million messages </li></ul><ul><li>600,000 greeting cards </li></ul><ul><li>Naspers 30% investment </li></ul>
    8. 9. Installing MXit
    9. 11. Why is MXit popular? <ul><li>Cheap Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul>
    10. 12. Pitfalls and Perils <ul><li>Addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber-bullying / Cyber-harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Scams and Fraud </li></ul><ul><li>Predators / Chat Rooms </li></ul>
    11. 13. Chat Rooms <ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scams and Fraud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual Predators </li></ul></ul>
    12. 14. Advice For You <ul><li>Seek First to Understand </li></ul><ul><li>Online Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Educate Children about Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Set Boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Beware Other Chat Programs: Mig33 </li></ul>
    13. 16. Positive Developments <ul><li>www.iDrive.co.za </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Math - Laurie Butgereit @ CSIR </li></ul><ul><li>www.childline.org.za </li></ul>
    14. 17. Downloading / Contacting MXit <ul><ul><li>www.mxit.co.za/wap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MXIT Support 0861-00-6948 </li></ul></ul>
    15. 18. Contact Details <ul><li>Ramon Thomas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tel 011 433-1034 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.netucation.co.za </li></ul></ul>

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