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  • 1. Voice NewsSafe Internet Practice for Children, Autumn 2011
  • 2. 2 Voice News coming to you for help and advice.Editorial Get parents interested in the Inter- net instead of making them paranoidWelcome to our Autumn 2011 Voice about it and don’t sell your virus pro-News on Safe Internet Practice! tection software off the back of theThis newspaper is designed to pro- paranoia you are helping to spread!"vide you with industry updates, I think that some of the points men-news and valuable tips on how to tioned are useful but only if com-ensure that our children use the bined with insightful managementInternet safely, but also effectively. of our trusted relationship with chil-In this edition we will be talking dren. We would love to hear whatabout current developments in Safe you think about this infographic!Internet Practice in the UK, conver-sations and resources generated bycelebrations of Anti-bullying weekand general tips for your daily work. New FacebookWe hope that you will enjoy this copyand join in with our conversations Privacy Settingson-line and off-line. This story is taken our of our Quick TipsSylwia Presley, editor of Voice News series avaialable for free at http://www.on Safe Internet Practice So how do we ensure that we haveProtecting our done everything to protect younger generations but also support them infamilies on-line confident web usage? Lets take Fa- cebook for example - many currentBack in summer 2011 we were asked reports prove that children are onto express our opinion on the tips this social network despite of its of-published in the infographic you cansee on this page. Despite the factthat we are social web advocates wealso believe in maintaining a healthyhabit of information verification;)For many parents and teachersthose points might serve as a goodstarting point in establishing a safework environment for children, butthis visual is very much focussed ontechnical solutions. To ensure thatmy own feelings about this materialdo not overshadow the general pur-pose of it, I have asked the Voice di-rectors to share their point of view. ficial age limit (13). Facebook repre-David Dixon responded: "The most sentatives admitted that they have toimportant thing is constant commu- delete 20,000 accounts each monthnication with your children about for that very reason. The best waysafety (whether online or out in forward in this case is to embrace thethe streets) so that they understand technology, sit down with childrenrisks and know when to come to and discuss the realistic mechanismstalk with their parents or teachers. of safe web usage. That also meansMany of the particular suggestions that we, grown ups - specially ITCmade by Zone Alarm concern gen- teachers, have to be up to date witheral computer security and are sensi- current developments. Below is justble enough in themselves. Their sug- an example of skills we need to em-gestion that parents should ‘decide’ brace and share with our children.where children go online and should *‘monitor’ their children’s social me- Facebook privacy settings havedia settings are entirely impractical; been updated recently. They are stillif they have a mind to it even young available from a few levels of ourchildren can access the internet from user interface, so we hope that thismultiple locations, including smart- quick guide will help you use thephones, and can set up many social network safely. It is crucial to un-media presences using aliases. Us- derstand the implications your be-ing automated controls on comput- haviour in this social network willers at home and at school is a good have on your friends, so please makeidea, although soon enough children parents having a trusting and open is anything special about the Internet sure you check and set up your pri-work out how to get round them. relationship with their children." in terms of relationships with your vacy settings. Be considerate whenZone Alarm is a software company Euan Semple added: "An odd kids. Keeping them safe is about you manage your contact lists, pro-so it is no surprise that they focus mix of tech advice and paren- understanding the world they live vide access to your content andon software, but technical solu- tal advice with minimal overlap! in, helping them understand what your network and when you uploadtions cannot be an alternative to I am really not convinced that there safe is, and feeling comfortable with content related to your networks.
  • 3. Voice News 3Facebook privacy settings have a continues to grow. Striking recentfew levels of access. You can ac- rises are evident among younger chil-cess most options from the top dren, in countries which have recentlyright corner of your screen. entered the EU, and among parents.(For specific settings please check This last reverses the previous trendour presentation on SlideShare) for teenagers especially to outstripThe new privacy settings give us adults in internet use. Long-standingmore control over the content gender inequalities may be disap-we share and over our own per- pearing, though socio-economic in-sonal information, but the safety equalities persist in most countries."of yourself and your network de- These are just few reports avail-pends on you – please manage able on-line for free download soyour contacts, all your settings and we strongly recommend runningpost responsibly. For more follow: regular on-line search and ing up to date with new What can beSupporting our done?work with stats There are many levels of support we canAdditional information about all mentioned provide to children to ensure that they usereports can be found at http://kidsintech. the web effectively, but First of all there is a lot happen-On a daily basis conversations about ing on the level of EU and nationalsocial media in primary schools are policies. Digital Agenda programmenot easy - we know, because we host run by the EU has strong roots andSafe Internet Practice workshops delivers great results. In 2009 Euro-for primary schools: we talk to pu- pean Commission announced "Saferpils, their parents, their teachers and Social Networking Principles for theschool management too. However, EU" signed by twenty one compa-it becomes increasingly important nies to date: Arto, Bebo, Dailymo-to at least open up the discussion tion, Facebook, Giovani, Google,with children about how they use Hyves, Microsoft Europe, MySpace,Internet on a daily basis. As ICT Nasza-klasa, Netlog, One, Rate, Sky-teachers you might find it easier if rock, VZnet Netzwerke, Stardoll, Su-you have a strong ammunition of lake, Tuenti, Yahoo! Europe and Zap.statistics and reports up your sleeve. This means that companies provid-Internet security company AVG ing free on-line services do their besthas recently released their fourth to ensure that their networks protectreport on kids usage of the social kids privacy. Additionally, the EUweb. They have found that in the runs regular research to ensure thatUS, Canada, Australia, New Zea- those companies actually live withland, UK and France a majority of the rules they have signed up to. Justparents with eleven year olds ad- from the recent report we learn that:mit that their kids are accessing -Eight out of the nine sites testedmainstream social networks (please provide safety information, guid-check the infographics on this page ance and/or educational materialsfor more stats from this report). specifically targeted at minors (allReleased in November 2011 Min- except Windows Live). In Windowstel report states that half of all Live the information provided waschildren aged 7-12 (in the UK) aimed rather at parents or guard-visit social networking websites ians, although it could also be eas-- and nearly half (49% or an esti- ily understood by young people.mated 0.97 million) of those who -Dailymotion, Flickr, Habbo Hotel,do, go on Facebook ‘every day’. Yahoo! Pulse, Skyrock, Stardoll andOfcom report on kids media us- YouTube provide safety informationage published in October 2011 for children and parents which isbrings interesting insights: both easy to find and to understand."Social networking activity has not -By default, only in one of the nineincreased since 2010 - 3% of 5-7s, services tested could profiles of mi-28% of 8-11s and 75% of 12-15s have nors be found by name searches ei-an active profile. One third (34%) of ther via internal or external search en-8-12s have a profile on sites that re- gines (e.g. Google, Bing or Yahoo!)."quire users to register as being aged In the UK, governmental support to13 or over, unchanged versus 2010". parental controls on various devicesWhereas earlier, in 2009 according led to increased popularity of thoseto the EU Kids Online Report social on all major telecom networks. Talk-media usage by kids was on the rise: Talk has announced recently service"Children’s use of the internet which combines all devices used in
  • 4. 4 Voice News your household to access the web of herself on Facebook, which was in their parental controls system. followed by huge traffic of abusive Social media experts worry that pa- comments but also interesting on- rental controls will actually cause line reactions in relation to cyberbul- more harm than good, as they lead lying. She is alleged to have commit- to unclear practices (websites like ted suicide. Finally it was suspected Intelligent Life are unaccessible on that the entire affair was started by T-Mobile network) and focus on one of the UKs leading antibullying technical prevention as opposed to charities - Anti-Bullying Alliance. education and building of trusted re- The charity denied the accusations lationship between teachers/parents on their official fan page. We have and children. Parents on the other asked @Mashable, the leading so- hand - at least in the UK (according cial media blog, to investigate this to recent study conducted by the cell- case, but so far we have no feedback. phone information and price com- This is just one of many examples of parison site think situations where social media can be that mobile phones should not be a source of many types of behaviour used by kids under 12 - out of 2,000 and the only trusted source remains respondents 75% agreed that mo- the branded page of an organisation bile phones allow unlimited access or verified profile page. Equally it to the web, leading to high bills etc. can provide us with a field for discus- As educators we need to ensure that sion and good case studies. Discus- we use a wise mixture of all possible sions about cyberbullying continue solutions to lead our pupils to safe, under #antibullying week hashtag but effective Internet usage. on-line, so do check them out. And if you need a template for your specific policy I would strongly sug- Local initiatives gest "Schools and Settings e-Safety Policy Template 2012" over at http:// - local support #Antibullyingweek is a great place to start! Thank you! Anti-bullying week celebrated in November was a great opportu- Thank you for reading our Voice nity for many teachers interested News on Safe Internet Practice. We in Safe Internet Usage to access hope you have found it useful and valuable resources, case studies and inspiring. If you are interested in discussions. In the end it is the cy- more resources please refer to our ber-bullying policy that lies at core blog dedicated to this topic over at of safe Internet practice for pupils and at our schools. Here at Voice we on our main website www.nfpvoice. have seen endless amount of great com. links, posts and tweets so we have collected them all for you. All you Sylwia Presley need to do is go to http://storify. @presleysylwia com/presleysylwia/antibullying- week-in-the-uk to find them all. We have also been asked about the unclear story of Sharon OBrien. This teenage girl posted a photo