Better Informed of the pros and cons of the internet
With Your Questions Answered
These Are Not My Aims
To make you a super geek
To explain the whole of the internet in one session
Not wanting to ban your young person from the internet forever
Who Is Max Cross?
All Round Nice Guy?
A Guided Tour Of The Young Persons Internet
Email address used to access other services
PC based email
Google.com. Hotmail.com, Yahoo.com, etc etc
www. commoncraft.com Socia Bookmarking In Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/bookmarking-plain-english
Social Network Sites
The Top Three (+ many more)
96% 9-17s ( trends spotting @ grunwald.com )
Create Their Own Web Presence
Quick to network with friends of friends
Diary like updates
Share videos and photos
Instant Messaging (IM)
Instant Messaging (IM)
More often referred to as MSN
More popular (particularly MSN) with younger children then social networking
Tendency to say things they wouldn’t say in person
Software on PC (MSN Messenger)
Website based (Chat rooms)
Instant Messaging - Software
Free sign up with a provider using email address
MSN Software often already installed on new PCs
Must add or accept friends onto your chat list
Tendency to add/trust friends of friends
Messaging Chat Rooms - Websites
No additional software needed
Sometimes need to sign up to a free account
Just like walking into a room of people
Can chat to anyone who is the room
Often see all conversations going on
www. commoncraft.com Blogs In Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs
The word Blog comes from weB log (Diary)
News sites for fans of stars
Follow friends blogs
Independent blog sites, but also part of other sites like MySpace & Facebook
Less popular with younger children
Music & Video
YouTube by far the most popular
Google Video, Yahoo Video, etc, etc
Upload videos from phones
Early days for Copyright issues
Very few legal UK download sites
iTunes by far the most popular
Amazon, Napster, MP3.com etc, etc
Many, many illegal download sites
Role playing games
Xbox, Playstation 3, wii
Internet enabled games like
World of Warcraft
Internet based games
Age: 16 (last month, at last )
Likes: Footie, PFC, Girls who know their own mind
Dislikes: Goths, Emos, Guys who can’t cry.
Wants To: Chat with girls and boys who are up for a laugh.
Matt set up a free email address using live.co.uk. He could have used hotmail.com, yahoo.com or many others.
Matt used his free email to set up a MySpace page to catch up with his footie mates and find new bands. He swaps his email with others to chat on MSN.
Matt’s not a big games guy, but he does have spats where he will spend the whole weekend on World of Warcraft
Matt is loving YouTube. He and his mates upload videos from parties and days out that they film on their phones. He puts the best videos onto MySpace and FaceBook.
Matt uses bebo to chat and swap MSN names. He plays it cool In bebo because he tends to chat with older girls here .
MSN is often the first area Matt will use when he turns on the PC. He has 83 friends, most of whom he met on the internet. He has a webcam so his mates can see him and he them. It’s great.
Matt's been using facebook much more recently. He mainly catches up with his new college mates here and keeps his own blog up to date.
Matt uses iTunes but that does cost money so he uses other sites to get FREE music too. He and his mates send each other links to these sites. Sometimes they require downloading software but they do seem to work most of the time.
Matt uses blogs to check on Pompey, his team. He Also follows some bands blogs and leaves comments.
Matt rarely goes into chat rooms, but occasionally talks in footie chat rooms. It mainly consist of putting right the opponents of his team.
Matt’s Network Of Mates
The Internet It’s A Jungle Out There
Lets look at some of the issues Matt might comes across, as he uses the internet.
Matt seems to get a lot of Junk Mail (Spam).
He put his email address on blogs and websites.
Friends send him games by email and sometimes say they didn’t send them, that’s spam to.
He gets lot of email offering him easy money but he’s not that daft.
Matt loves MySpace and pretty much adds anyone who ask to be his friend, now that’s a bad idea.
His profile is public, that’s daft. Anyone in the world can see where he lives.
Some of the “friends” pages he visits are less then savoury but everyone seems to follow them anyway.
MySpace Claims to be 16 years old Information Identified Age: Town:
My Space Information Identified Age: Town:
Matt uses iTunes but that does cost money.
He uses other sites to. get FREE music.
He and his mates send each other links to these sites. Sometimes they require downloading software but they do seem to work most of the time.
Matt doesn't use bebo that much but once again his profile is open to the public.
He also chats about his favourite hangouts in town. So now people where he goes.
Bebo Claims to be 19 years old Information Identified Age: Town:
Matt joined his school group, so everyone knows what school he goes to.
He joined a group to save the rain forests. They can now see all his mates.
His blog talks about his family, school and of course football. So that’s more information we have.
The party videos he uploads don’t show him in a good light.
MySpace where he uploads the videos I often searched by prospective employees and colleges along with other sites.
Matt’s keeping his game playing down to eight hours a week.
But he knows some of his mates who prefer the pretend life in WoW over their real life.
With the amount of friends Matt has on MSN, there is no way he knows them all personally.
Webcams are great for family but do you really want a live stream on the internet?
So What Do We Know About Matt?
The School he goes to
The team he supports
The bands he likes
Where he lives
Where he hangs out
Who his friends are
How old he is
Who his family are
We have video & photos
Is This A Big Deal?
Matt’s a 16 year old boy
What if he was
15 year old girl
13 year old boy
10 year old girl
8 year old boy
40 year old man!
Matt Does Not Exist
I Set Up The Fake Email
I Set Up The Fake MySpace
I Set Up The Fake bebo
I Set Up The Fake FaceBook
Would your child have known the difference?
OK You Scared Me But What's The Answer
Information Is Private
Teach your young person that their identity and image is private.
Treat the internet like a public room.
You wouldn’t talk to strangers.
You wouldn’t put photos of yourself everywhere
You wouldn’t leave your mobile number or address on display in public.
You wouldn’t leave your diary open in public.
Take an interest and become their internet friend.
Open Door Policy
Maybe bedrooms are not the place for computers?
Could you have all computers in one room?
Open door policy for you and them!
Adopt A Geek
How to find a geek
They don’t get out much so they often have pale skin.
Solitary animals rarely seen in packs.
Ring them immediately after Dr Who is on TV, they will be in.
Female geeks rarer, but can be found if you hunt hard enough