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  • 1. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”Dr. Veronica Samara, Greek Safer Internet Centre Coordinator Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 2. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”Kindergarten:• 2 out of 10 kids in kindergarten age use the Internet outside of school• In 1 out of 10 kindergartens, this number climbs to 50%• 1 out of 100 kindergarten kids has a mobile phone• 1 out of 100 kindergarten kids has a profile in a SNS (!)Primary school level:• 46% of the pupils use the Internet outside of school• 36% of the pupils have a mobile phone• 15% have a SNS profile (!)• In 2 out of 10 primary schools, at least half of the pupils have such a profile. Immediate need to inform and educate kids from very young age in main issues concerning online safety, even before the kids start to systematically use the Internet. * Online survey conducted by the Greek Awareness Centre in 2011 with 2.319 respondents from all levels of education Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 3. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”A novel approach is being followed since the beginning of 2012, using themost effective way kids can learn: Fairy Tales.In this way, entertainment is smartly combined with education (edutainment).128-page fairy tale book entitled “The Internet Farm”.It guides young children from the age of 4to the Internet via five illustrated stories,which take place in a real farm.Each story tackles important onlinesafety rules, with two very crucialrules, our privacy protection, and theconsideration of online friends alwaysas strangers, repeating in the stories.The five stories tackle the following: Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 4. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” Εmails from strangers and publication of personal information in online quizzes Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 5. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” Meeting with strangers we know only in the online world and publication of personal photos on the Internet Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 6. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” Racism on the Internet and information credibility online Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 7. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” Identification of the approaching strategies strangers (pedophiles) are using Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 8. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” Cyberbullying and defamation, publishing photos of others, ethical use of the Internet, positive use of the Internet Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 9. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”Our heroes: two kids, Nikolas and Nike, which, with their dogHercules are the farm’s protectors, along with Vagia, the wise owl,advisor and guide.In the fairy tales, the kids take the role of the parents, Hercules thefamily’s trusted friends, knowing the ethical use of the Internet(protecting in this way, whenever needed, the young users), whereasthe wise owl takes the role of the educators,who can teach in their own way thekids to proper online behaviorand to critical thinking.The farm’s animals are the ones whichbehave unsafely and without thinkingon the Internet. Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 10. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”The book is also addressed to parents and educators, encouragingthem to read the stories with the kids, and to discuss afterwards thetackled issues.In this way, they will be able tocreate awareness, sharpen the kids’ability to identify similar behaviorsin their own internet activities,and to immediately seek forhelp and advice.The above task is strongly supportedby the chapter “Let’s see what welearned from our story” followingeach story.The book is available at bookstores,or directly via the writers. Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 11. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm”Going on step further: (interactive) theatrical performance based on the book,in cooperation with a children’s theater group. The performance is ‘mobile’, i.e. can be set up in schools, municipalities, theaters, and is offered with a very low ticket. Specific performances are provided for free, with the support of sponsors. Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus
  • 12. Approaching very young users: “The Internet Farm” «Because, when we are on the Internet we need to use our logic and trust our instinct!» Insafe Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Larnaca - Cyprus

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