Are our children at risk? Such Internet tragedies cross all social boundaries – All children are vulnerable regardless of their circumstances.
Purpose of This Evening • The Internet can be a force for good! • What are the main dangers of the Internet. • What we do at Swanmore. • How can we work together to keep our young people safe? • Finding out more…
The Internet - a force for good! • Wealth of resources for learning. • Young people can celebrate their creativity. • Millions raised online for victims of natural disasters. • Families can communicate across the globe. • Health information has saved lives.
Main Dangers • Cyberbullying • Sexting • Sexual Predators • Online Reputation • Pornography.
Cyberbullying • Cyberbullying takes various forms • sending hateful messages to children, • spreading lies about them online, • making nasty comments on their social networking profiles, • creating a website/blog to make offensive comments about their looks or reputation.
Cyberbullying • Evidence from Childline states that calls about online bullying increased by a massive 87% compared to an increase in bullying overall of 8%. • According to the BeatBullying charity one in 3 children has been bullied online and 1 in 13 “persistently”.
Cyberbullying – What to do? We need to reinforce the message from expertsto our children. • Never share Internet passwords with anyone other than parents. • Use the "block" feature to prevent the bully from contacting them. • Do not to respond to rude or harassing emails, messages and postings.
Cyberbullying – What to do? • If the cyberbullying continues, report it and keep a record of the messages as proof. • If necessary delete the account – set up a new one and do not share with anyone other than friends and family. • Be wary of anonymous user sites e.g. ask.fm
Sexting – What is it? • Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video on their mobile phone, usually in a text message. • naked pictures • underwear shots • sexual pictures • rude text messages or videos
Sexting – Why? • Feel like everyone is doing it and want to fit in. • Worry about not being seen as sexy. • Feel pressured by peers to sext as a way of proving their sexuality. • Feel harassed, threatened or blackmailed • Feel they “owe it” to their boyfriend/girlfriend and worry they may lose them if they don’t give in. • Be in love and trust them. • Feel proud of their body.
Sexting – What to do? • Explain to your child that before they send a photo, think about: • What could happen to it? • Who might see it? • What are the risks? • Who are they sending it to? • Why do they want to send it?
Sexual Predators? The online world opens the door for trusting young people to interact with virtual strangers. Children are made aware of stranger danger in the real world – but what about the online world?
Sexual Predators – What can we do? • Set time limits. Do not let allow a child to spend hours unsupervised. • Activate filters. • Remind your child not to post personal information or any photo that could help a stranger identify them • Familiarise yourself with Facebook, Twitter and other online sites. • Be aware of text shorthand e.g. POS (parent over shoulder) and LMIRL (Let’s meet in real life)
Online Reputation Our Digital Footprint – created every time we post online
Online Reputation – 10 Tips • Imagine someone is looking over your shoulder as you post • Use a nickname rather than real name • Check privacy settings • Don’t use mother’s real maiden name • Guard personal information • Be careful when posting photos or videos • Check what is needed • Direct message where possible • Delete old accounts • Install anti-virus software and keep it updated
Pornography One of the worst dangers of the Internet, for many parents, is the idea that pornography could “pop up” and surprise their children. But parents may not be aware that some children are actively seeking out web porn.
Pornography – what can we do? • Install Internet filtering software to block porn sites from any computer your child has access to. • Consider using filtering software that monitors and records instant messaging and chat room conversations, as well as websites visited. • Consider using a monitoring program that filters pornography keywords in several languages because some tech-savy teens may find a way around filter by using search terms in other languages.
What do we do at Swanmore? • Last week we spoke to the pupils at each house assembly on the theme of Creating a Safer Internet Together • This week we have been running a series of E-Safety activities running in tutor time.
What do we do at Swanmore? • E-Safety is included in the KS3 curriculum with pupils creating an E-Safety website where they give advice on staying safe online. • The GCSE KS4 ICT curriculum also has a unit on E-Safety including the laws relating to Internet use..
What do we do at Swanmore? • Strong filtering system in placeand pupils are encouraged to report anything that may cause concern. • We take any cases of cyberbullying very seriously – investigated and dealt with in accordance with the college’s anti-bullying policy.
What else can parents do? • Talk about online issues regularly and make children aware of helplines. • Don’t ban the Internet completely – it will make them more secretive. • Make clear that online abuse is a form of bullying.
Advice for young people. • Encourage them to • Activate privacy settings. Use “report abuse” or “block” buttons. • Think carefully about the pictures and information they share. • Tell parents or teachers if they are being bullied. • Keep a record of abusive messages. • Be wary of anonymous user sites.
Finding out more…. • There are a number of leaflets available for you to take home and pupils and teachers are available to answer your questions. • Go to one of our ICT suites tonight to get advice on setting privacy settings. • Visit our website at http://www.swanmorecollege.co.uk/esafety