Internet Literacy and Safety

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Presentation given by Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director of WISE KIDS at the International Conference on “Children in ICT" on the 27th and 28th October in Gijón (Spain).

Presentation given by Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director of WISE KIDS at the International Conference on “Children in ICT" on the 27th and 28th October in Gijón (Spain).

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  • What’s changed? Cheaper Fixed and Mobile Broadband Cheaper computers, game consoles, mobiles More young people socialise online than ever before Not only in the ways in which we can access it on a multitude of platforms for e.g., mobile phones, PDAs, gaming console devices…
  • Like a notice board about yourself YOU decide the content – pictures, media and other text You can add ‘friends’ and your page will be linked to their pages Your profile can be public or private and you can customise this further * Whole host of privacy settings
  • BUT, this does sometimes mean adding ‘friends’ who young people have not meant offline (Ireland, UK) Even if privacy settings are set to private, it means these strangers have access to profiles OfCom, UK)
  • Ads What info/media you share Your privacy settings What others say on your page What you say about others

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  • 1. 10/28/2009 Young People and Internet Literacy and Safety - Opportunities and Challenges 1er Congreso Internacional Menores en las TIC 1st International Congress “Minors in ICT” Educando para una Internet más segura Educating for a safer Internet Palacio de Congresos – Recinto Ferial Luis Adaro (Gijón) 27 y 28 de octubre de 2009 1
  • 2. 10/28/2009 The Internet and digital technologies have evolved… Picture by Wooden Flute Guy, Flickr Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 2
  • 3. 10/28/2009 Access: Not only on your desktop… Smart Mobile Phones, Game Consoles.. Connectivity: broadband, wifi hotspots, 3G, etc… Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 3
  • 4. 10/28/2009 Instant Messenger: Desktop, Web and Mobiles •Meebo •MSN Web Messenger •E-Buddy http://ww.meebo.com/ Instant messaging on your Mobile Phone The Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. proxy servers etc ongoing struggle: 4
  • 5. 10/28/2009 Range of Services Copyright © WISE KIDS 2008. All rights Reserved. 5
  • 6. 10/28/2009 Features of Social Networking Sites an easy to set up personal, customisable webpage fun, exciting, multimedia content a user created profile (can be public/private) visible links between users (friends) public communication areas like message boards and comments networking is encouraged Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 6
  • 7. 10/28/2009 Web 2.0= Read/Write Web Explosion of tools that are web-based: for example Google Documents and Calendar Copyright © WISE KIDS 2007. All Rights Reserved. 7
  • 8. 10/28/2009 Twitter: Social networking and micro-blogging service Live Interactive TV Streaming Kyte TV U Stream Comvu Qik Flixwagon Twitcam Copyright © WISE KIDS 2008. All rights Reserved. 8
  • 9. 10/28/2009 What are the issues – young people? • Web 2.0 world - services and applications can blur boundaries between professional and personal relationships, public and private information • Users encouraged to network and express themselves online, create and share content, and share • Huge positives BUT need the skills to navigate and make informed decisions 9
  • 10. 10/28/2009 Internet Safety Challenges Exposure to Inappropriate, Inaccurate or Dangerous Content Security, Privacy, Inappropriate or Dangerous Legal and Social challenges Interaction or Contact Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 10
  • 11. 10/28/2009 WISE KIDS and Bridgend Healthy Schools Survey of Year 7 pupils (11 and 12 year olds) On line questionnaire aimed to find out: - how year 7 pupils from Bridgend Secondary Schools use the Internet and their mobile phones - their understanding of the Internet environment - their understanding of how to keep themselves safe when using the Internet and mobile technologies 1519 pupils completed the online survey fully, of whom 73% were aged 12, and 27% were aged 11 at the time of the survey. There was also an approximately even balance of boys and girls - (51%boys, 49% girls) 11
  • 12. 10/28/2009 Parental involvement with 11 and 12 year olds 12
  • 13. 10/28/2009 Social Networking Sites 13
  • 14. 10/28/2009 Privacy Settings on Social Networking Sites 14
  • 15. 10/28/2009 “Someone has hacked my account” 15
  • 16. 10/28/2009 Been sent rude/upsetting messages 16
  • 17. 10/28/2009 What have we learned/ What do we teach? • Our experience shows that for young people aged 11 and 12, there is sometimes a lack of understanding and awareness of : – the Internet as a public space with laws and consequence – the possible bias and accuracy of Internet information – how to make judgements in their online interactions – i.e. sometimes trusting and naive – how to safeguard their data online – personal digital identity extending to devices and applications – appropriate digital/net etiquette – internet security issues like viruses and spyware – laws online for example on when file sharing copyright media – where to get support/ report issues like cyberbullying or Internet grooming 17
  • 18. 10/28/2009 WISE KIDS CODE: PPPAS Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 18
  • 19. 10/28/2009 Profile Information Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 19
  • 20. 10/28/2009 Bebo Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 20
  • 21. 10/28/2009 Privacy Settings Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 21
  • 22. 10/28/2009 Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 22
  • 23. 10/28/2009 Facebook Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 23
  • 24. 10/28/2009 Facebook Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 24
  • 25. 10/28/2009 Passwords Auto logons Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. All Rights Reserved. 25
  • 26. 10/28/2009 Inappropriate or Dangerous Interaction or Contact Stranger Danger Copyright © WISE KIDS 2008. All rights Reserved 26
  • 27. 10/28/2009 Whose problem is this? Who do we work with? Policy and Grassroots' Level • Educators – schools, Further • Law Enforcement Education colleges • Policy Makers • Governors of schools • Creators of Children’s Internet • Youth Professionals Services • Young People • Regulatory Bodies • Mental Heath/Nursing Professionals • Social Workers • Community Groups • Public and Private Organisations 27
  • 28. 10/28/2009 • Have a responsibility to promote digital Role of literacy and Internet literacy – safe AND innovative AND up to knowledge and skills Schools • • Embed this in the curriculum a/ lesson plans Must ensure that all staff are appropriately trained on Internet technologies and safety issues – needs commitment and appropriate resources • Have a e-safety/e-safeguarding coordinator • Act on issues of cyberbullying or inappropriate use of the Internet • Give teachers access rather than blanket blocking • Use language that young people understand, and make advice age appropriate; listen and learn – fill the gaps • Reach out to parents through home school links • Should create a culture of support – teaching, supporting, being visible and proactive in Internet Safety 28
  • 29. 10/28/2009 Role of parents • Be involved in their children’s use of the Internet • Filtering solutions not a replacement for parental involvement • Parents need to update their knowledge and skills • Start communicating messages with their children from a young age • Create a culture of support • Be the parent! 29
  • 30. 10/28/2009 Responsibility Trust Public Private Copyright © WISE KIDS 2008. All rights Reserved 30
  • 31. 10/28/2009 Thank you! Email: sangeet@wisekids.org.uk Website: www.wisekids.org.uk Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 31
  • 32. 10/28/2009 About WISE KIDS • WISE KIDS believes that the Internet is a vital tool in the Information Age, and works to Promote Awareness of New Media, Internet and Mobile Technologies, Internet Literacy, Proficiency and Safety • WISE KIDS provides: – Customised Training Programmes (online and face-to-face) – Consultancy – Research and Resource Development – Awareness Raising Events Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 32
  • 33. 10/28/2009 About WISE KIDS WISE KIDS clients include: LEAs, LSCBs, Youth Organisations, Young People, Parents, Teachers, Post-16 Educators, Governors, Welsh Assembly Government, Ofcom, BT, BBC Community Studio, Foster Carers, Community Organisations, and other public and private sector businesses. Copyright © WISE KIDS 2009. 33