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Internet Safety and Chldren

  1. 1. The Internet and Child Safety Joe Drumgoole http:/twitter.com/jdrumgoole http://blog.joedrumgoole.com
  2. 2. The Social Network Generation• Social Networks – MySpace : 2003 – Facebook : 2004 – Bebo: 2005 – Twitter: 2006• Social Media – YouTube: 2005 – Flickr: 2004• Smart Phones – iPhone : 2007 – Android: 2008 The Internet and Child Safety 2
  3. 3. Generational Fears• Sexual Predators• Grooming• Cyberbullying• Inappropriate Content• High Risk Behaviour• Privacy• Fear of the unknown The Internet and Child Safety 3
  4. 4. EU Kids Onlinehttp://www2.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/EUKidsOnline/Home.aspxhttp://www2.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/EUKidsOnline/EU%20Kids%20II%20(2009-11)/EUKidsOnlineIIReports/Final%20report.pdf• 25,000 Children aged 9-11 and their parents surveyed in 2010• Evidence based analysisThe purpose was to provide a rigorous evidence base to support stakeholders in their efforts to maximise online opportunities while minimising the risk of harm associated with internet use. The Internet and Child Safety 4
  5. 5. Children Going Online• Internet use is individualised, privatised and mobile• Internet presents opportunities & risks• Increasing opportunities increases risk• Risk is not equal to Harm• Risky opportunities allow children to develop coping strategies• Many children who use Social Networking sites are underage (<13) The Internet and Child Safety 5
  6. 6. How Children Go Online The Internet and Child Safety 6
  7. 7. How Children go Online The Internet and Child Safety 7
  8. 8. What Children Do Online 23% : Chat rooms, blogging, virtual worlds 56%: Download music, videos and play with others Opportunity onlineRisk 75%: Use Internet for communication 86%: Watch videos online 100%: Play games do and school work The Internet and Child Safety 8
  9. 9. Good vs Bad Online Irish Children have more bad experiences on line than their peers The Internet and Child Safety 9
  10. 10. Risky Behaviour The Internet and Child Safety 10
  11. 11. Which Children Engage in Risky Behaviour?• Older children, boys, and children higher in self- efficacy and sensation seeking• Those who use the internet in more places, for longer, and for more activities• Children who encounter more offline risks• Children with more psychological difficulties• Children who say it is “very true” that “I find it easier to be myself on the internet”• Children with more digital literacy and safety skills The Internet and Child Safety 11
  12. 12. Social Networks The Internet and Child Safety 12
  13. 13. Sexual Content The Internet and Child Safety 13
  14. 14. Sexual Content• Vulnerability Matters• Risk vs Harm: Older children see more content but report less harm• 40% parents are unaware that their children have seen pornographic images• Private access increases risk• 15% of 11-16 yr old have received explicit phone messages• Risks Migrate The Internet and Child Safety 14
  15. 15. Online Bullying• More an offline than online problem• People who are bullied offline get bullied online• Bullying and being bullied go together• Less than half tell an adult• Less than half know how to block a bully online The Internet and Child Safety 15
  16. 16. Meeting New Contacts Online• “Stranger Danger”• Making new contacts online: Common• Meeting contacts offline: Uncommon• 11% who went to offline meetings found them upsetting• Tended to be younger and more vulnerable The Internet and Child Safety 16
  17. 17. New RisksThe Internet and Child Safety 17
  18. 18. Risk vs Harm The Internet and Child Safety 18
  19. 19. Risk vs Harm The Internet and Child Safety 19
  20. 20. What do Children do? The Internet and Child Safety 20
  21. 21. Top Ten Myths1. Digital Natives 4. Everyone is 7. Offline risksKnow It All watching porn online migrate online2. Everyone is 8. Putting the PC increating their own 5. Bullies are baddies the living room willcontent now help3. Under 13’s can’t 6. People you meet 9. Teaching digitaluse social networks on the internet are skills will reduceso no worries strangers online risk 10. Children can get around safety software The Internet and Child Safety 21
  22. 22. Strategies• Talk to your kids• Engage in the same online activities• Make sure your children know about privacy/blocking/sharing controls• Prepare them to cope by themselves• Check their activities online• “Friend” them but don’t participate• Don’t “friend” their friends The Internet and Child Safety 22
  23. 23. Tools• Anti-virus: Microsoft Security Essentials• Anti-spyware: Spybot• Dedicated Accounts• Parental Controls – NetNanny – Facebook - Social Monitor – Norton Family Safety – OpenDNS Parental Controls The Internet and Child Safety 23
  24. 24. Conclusions• Beware False Fears• The Internet is a relatively safe place• Risk increases with knowledge and use• Risk increases with age• Harm decreases with age• Harm is correlated with lower age and vulnerability See http://slideshare/jdrumgoole for a copy of the deck The Internet and Child Safety 24
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