Very important to start positively. – Stress that the internet is a wonderful resource and include a few examples of how you are using the Internet in your teaching to help children discover, connect and create their own work. – Clearly the fact that this is a global medium is important to stress. However – it is also important to state that because the Internet puts the whole world in children’s hands that they can equally access things which you as parents might not like them accessing (but not in school!) When we look at this issue of Internet safety we need to do so in a balanced way making sure we don’t forget the real benefits!
Internet Safety Keypoints Handout
What is the biggest Internet danger? That we concentrate on the dangers and forget the benefits.
Benefits of the Internet <ul><li>Educational games and programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Research information </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity to communicate with people from all around the world </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity to share resources and ideas with people that have the same interests </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping around the world without leaving your computer </li></ul>
What are the dangers? <ul><li>Content - sexual, racist, violent unreliable/bigoted i.e. safety of children’s minds </li></ul><ul><li>Commerce - scams, phishing and pharming, bluejacking, downloads which steal information– children’s and parents! </li></ul><ul><li>Contact - via interactive technologies – IM, chat, multiplayer games </li></ul><ul><li>Culture – bullying, camera phones, blogging, moblogging, social networking </li></ul>
Adults and Children use the Internet in different ways DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR CHILD USES THE INTERNET ? WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR CHILDRENS’ ONLINE ACTIVITY, VALIDATE THEIR SKILLS + LEARN FROM THEM YOUNG PEOPLE Interactive chat, IM, Music, Games, PARENTS Mostly e-mail and web for research
We must start to understand that being on-line is just being in another ‘real’ place
The difference between Knowledge and Wisdom HELP YOUR CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT TECHNOLOGY IS THROWING UP NEW IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUES WHICH CHILDREN MAY NOT SEE KNOWLEDGE Many children pick up technology quicker ! WISDOM Understanding how to behave in a virtual world
Supervised / unsupervised access points WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN SUPERVISE- WE NEED TO HELP EDUCATE CHALLENGE = to ensure that children are safe wherever they use the Internet IN SCHOOL Generally, supervised, protected and monitored OUT OF SCHOOL Often no filtering, supervision or monitoring
Convergence + the Internet going mobile Already some children are receiving abusive/hoax txt messages As technologies converge we need to re-view the safety messages Increasingly mobile Fixed location for access eg home/school
Our Advice to Parents <ul><li>Know what your children are doing online </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to teach you to use any applications </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the computer in a family room - this means you can keep more control of what they do (i.e. Webcams) </li></ul>
Our Advice to Parents <ul><li>Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends - personal information includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>their messenger id </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>email address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mobile number and any pictures of themselves, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If your child receives spam / junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them. reply to them or use them. </li></ul>