Helping to keep your children safe online
Chat speak how many of these do you know?gr8
Adults often have anxieties about new media
Everything thats already in the world when youre born is just normal;
Anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
Anything that gets invented after youre thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until its been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really. Douglas Adams
This presentationWhy is internet safety important?What about mobiles?What are the risks? Why is the internet so great? Know IT All - what can parents do?
Why is internet safety important? PART 1
Half (50%) of all children aged 5-15 have a mobile phone3% of 5-7s and around one in eight 8-11s (13%) own a smartphoneThere are over 600 million registered users of FacebookAn estimated 7 million of these users are under 1325% of 7-10 year olds are on Facebook (CEOP)The number of text messages sent every day exceeds the total population of the planet
Changing environmentDownloading+ UploadingConsuming+ CreatingCorporate+ PersonalSeparate media + Converged mediaStatic+ Truly interactive
Knowledge vs. Wisdom
Why is the internet so great?
World Wide Web Search engines Homework Projects Personal interest Amazing factsThe biggest library in the world Blogs (web log) Vlogs (video log) Web sites Text & pictures Music/photo/videoAnyone can become a publisher Email/chat VoIP - Skype Instant Messenger Multi-user games Social networksBrings people together
Connect: keep in touchOnline friends contacts
Create: share your content
What are the risks?
Potential risks 73% of online adverts are not clearly labelled making it difficult for children and adults to recognise them57% of 9-19 yr olds have come into contact with online pornography accidentally.4 in 10 pupils aged 9-19 trust most of the information on the internet.1/3 of young people have received unwanted sexual or nasty comments online. Only 7% of parents think their child has received such comments. Inaccurate and harmful Adult content Illegal content Inappropriate contact Cyberbullying Sex offenders Privacy Advertising & information Invasive software
Commercial risks Blur between content & advertising Subtle requests for marketing information- Tell a friend Invasive programmes - adware/popups
Content viewedInaccurate contentExtreme materialPornography
Contact risksSocial networking sites
Instant messaging (eg MSN)
Multi-user online games
Staying safe online
Over to you
Time to reflect. Any questions so far?...
What is Cyberbullying?ThreatsHackingManipulationStalkingPublic postingsExclusionPrejudice
Imaginethe image or sound of an incoming message putting fear and dread in your heart.
Differences Not possible to walk away No escape at home 24/7 contact - remote Impact Massive potential audience reached rapidly. Potentially stay online forever Perception of anonymity More likely to say things online Profile of target/bully Physical intimidation changed Some cases are unintentional Bystander effect Humiliation can be enormous Evidence Printable and saveable dont delete!
Where to find helpCyberMentors is an online peer mentoring service for children and young people, delivered through a social networking site www.cybermentors.org.uk
Advice for parentsBe careful about denying access to the technologyUnderstand the toolsDiscuss cyberbullying with your children - always respect others - treat your passwords with care - block/delete contacts & save conversations- dont reply/retaliate - save evidence - make sure you tellReport the cyberbullying - school (if relevant) - service provider - police
What about mobiles?
The pros and cons
Mobile phone adviceKnow how your childs phone works (e.g. Bluetooth, Internet access)Agree the type of content that you would be happy for them to download, knowingly receive or send on to others Save any abusive messages/inappropriate images for evidence purposesDecide together what are acceptable billsEncourage balanced use switching off at mealtimes, bedtime.
What can parents do? PART 1
DO NOT STOP YOUR CHILD USING THE INTERNET
Firstly this doesnt work, but it drives their use underground and they are then not able to talk to you if they get in trouble
Secondly the internet is the greatest ever single invention that has the potential to make the world a better place. Its already more significant than the inventions of the printing press, radio, telephone and TV put together!Prevention is the best way
Install software to protect your computers securityBe careful which sites the rest of the family visitUse a family email address for shopping and online formsUse the free technology: pop-up blockers & SPAM filters; and your good judgement: dont reply to SPAM!Check sites for extra security (padlock/https)What you can do
Talk to your children about what to do if they do come across something unpleasant and teach them to be criticalUse child-friendly search engines or set a search filter Encourage them to use browser tools Bookmarks & HistoryInstall filtering but dont rely on itFind appropriate sites to visit and try not to overreact lots of inappropriate content viewed accidentally
What you can do
Get involved with your children online and encourage balanced use set time limits Make sure they know who to talk to if they feel uncomfortable Talk about the consequences of giving out personal info or making information public Keep the computer in a family room Agree rules as a family meeting up
What you can do
SMART rules SAFE Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information including full name and email address - to people who you dont trust online.MEETING Meeting up with someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents/carers permission and even then only when they can be present. ACCEPTING Accepting e-mails, IM messages or opening files from people you dont know can be dangerous they may contain viruses or nasty messages!RELIABLE Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be true. Check information and advice on other websites, in books or ask someone who may know. TELL Tell your parent/carer or teacher if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or you or someone you know is being cyberbullied.
Know where to reportThe UK Hotline for reporting criminal online contentwww.iwf.org.uk www.ceop.police.ukwww.thinkuknow.co.uk
About ChildnetHelping to make the internet a great and safe place for childrenPromoting the positive Responding to the negative
*This presentation is called Know IT All - for Parents. Note: the word parent is used throughout the presentation and includes anyone who has a parent like relationship with a child.
It has been designed for you to use in order to educate other adults about issues surrounding internet safety. Guidance for presenters has, where appropriate, been provided in the form of notes at the bottom of the screen in NORMAL VIEW. You are able to print these notes, if you wish, by selecting PRINT, then in the PRINT WHAT box select NOTES PAGE. We do recommend that presenters go through the presentation before delivering to an audience as some of the slides are animated and contain more information than may appear on the normal view screen.*Some clues to decipher what children are saying on Instant Messenger services!
Gr8 GreatBRB Be Right BackDEGT Dont Even Go ThereLMIRL Let's Meet In Real Life POS Parent Over Shoulder
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless P911 Parent Alert PAL Parents Are Listening PAW Parents Are Watching PIR Parent In Room
*Ask your audience to look at the photograph. It depicts a very young girl playing, quite happily, with a portable DVD player. Its unlikely that she would have read an instruction leaflet to help her work the machine. The next few slides offer an observation made by Douglas Adams (author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), during his essay, How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet. He observed that our attitude to technology is determined by the age at which we first encounter it:Everything thats already in the world when youre born is just normal.*Simply allow your audience to read the quote.
*This slide offers parents a comical look at behaviour they probably recognise in themselves.It is important to remember throughout the presentation that not all parents will have access to computers and even if they do they may not use them. Every effort should be made throughout the presentation to explain technical terms in order to make the subject matter accessible for every member of the audience.
*This slide outlines the format of the presentation and two of the reports that have informed the content. 1) Children Go Online a report produced by the London School of Economics. The study outlined differences between childrens use, experiences and attitudes of the internet compared with that of adults. 2) Fair Game? An in depth study into the commercial risks faced by children online, for example, a number of childrens websites were found to hold inappropriate advertising.*This section outlines why internet safety is important for young people and for adults. *The age limit for Facebook is 13. Age limit is dictated by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act which was made Federal Law in America in 1998. Facebook founders would like to reduce the age.There are over 2.7 billion searches on Google each monthThe number of text messages sent every day exceeds the total population of the planet
The sources for these statistics can be found at: http://www.lps.k12.co.us/schools/arapahoe/fisch/didyouknow/sourcesfordidyouknow.doc & at: http://www.schoolzone.co.uk/resources/newsletter/issues/2007/Sept07/SepPrim.pdf
*Ask your audience some questions to ascertain their usage of the internet E.g. Who uses email? Who uses Instant Messenger? Has anyone booked a holiday here or shopped online? Does anyone download music? Anyone play online games? Has anyone created their own website or blog?Generally the answers highlight that adults mostly download i.e. take information from the internet. But children and young people are more likely to use it as a means of socialising by contributing to the information online, i.e. by uploading or creating their own content in the form of photos, films, blogs (web logs - similar to an online diary) or interact with other people whilst using games or instant messenger. This changing environment is explored more in the next slide.
*You may have heard of the terms web 1.0 and web version 2.0. This slide tries to explain the meanings of these two different environments. One of the main differences between web 1.0 and web 2.0 is how they are used. Web 1.0 allows users to view information created by large corporations e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, BBC etc . In order to create your own website you had to have computer programming skills.Web 2.0 is the name given to the environment that the internet has now become. As more people added their own content onto the internet the environment began to change to become more interactive and personal. E.g. These days most newspaper homepages are not restricted to simply holding news articles, they interact with the user through offering videos, podcasts, quizzes, blogs - we can still view news articles of course but we are also invited to make or add our own comments.*Traditionally in schools, entertainment and social networking sites are banned. There are often firewalls to prevent unsuitable material getting in to the school system and effective filters that stop young people from accessing information deemed inappropriate by the school. These measures have been taken to protect both the pupils and the school.The previous slide highlighted how young people are using interactive technologies, but if they arent being taught how to use them safely in school, where can they learn? Supervision differs so greatly when children are out of school. In the home, in internet cafes and at friends houses young peoples online behaviour is supervised, monitored, and filtered differently. *New uses of technology can be rather overwhelming but parents still have a crucial role to play in ensuring that their children are safe online. Being net literate is no replacement for being life literate. In the same way that children are taught the green cross code, not to talk to strangers and to say please and thank you we must share good netiquette rules with children to ensure safety in the virtual world. It is about transferring offline wisdom into the online world.
Children can use all the technology but dont understand all the implications of using it.
*This section highlights the positive and constructive ways young people are using the internet and mobile technologies. *This slide looks at how young people may be using new technologies.DISCOVER - Children are able to travel the world without leaving their rooms by typing a landmark or postcode into Google earth and other similar software. They can continue their learning outside the classroom by using some of the interactive educational resources available on the internet (one of which is featured later in the presentation - froguts.com).CONNECT - Young people stay in touch with each other in a variety of ways. They are likely to use Instant Messenger (IM) an example of which you can see here. As the name suggests this tool allows you to have a real time conversation with a friend who is logged onto IM. Some versions of IM use a webcam and a headset, thus allowing you to have a video call with someone anywhere in the world (and included in the cost of the internet connection).CREATE This is often the area that interests young people the most and is part of the web 2.0 phenomenon. Children are able to upload their own content for the whole world to see how empowering! Here is an example of the Sorted website created by an 18 year old. He wanted to provide a website for young people and adults to help them use computers and the internet safely. If any of your audience are unfamiliar with what a Trojan is and are uncertain about spyware and adware, or want to know how to install a firewall or anti-virus software, then this is a great place to learn! *Twitter and Facebook make it easier than ever to keep in touch. These have almost replaced older services such as IM and email to some extent.*The Sorted website was developed by an 18 year old. On this site there is information...