Parenting with the technology: being tech savvy and cyber-safe. Monique Dalli – Leader of E-Learning Gilroy Catholic College
Our aims this evening: • Understand their digital behaviours • Have strategies at home that mimic school boundaries • Specific apps to AVOID • Look at making devices safer Be equipped with knowledge!!
YOU need to know • Their passwords!! • How to turn them off!! • When gaming should stop • What your child is using technology for (school/home) • What they have accounts FOR/IN – negotiated process • Schools ICT policy
Some strategies. . . • Getting involved/being nosey! • “Checking” aka snooping • Turning wifi OFF • Charging stations • Skype is GREAT! • Discuss WORST CASE scenarios • Praise safe online behaviour
Putting that into practice at home • Time limits/digital free time • Password sharing policy • Discussing boundaries • Life mirroring digital life • Punishing where it’s appropriate • Be “friends”
What apps are NOT recommended • KIK messenger- anonymous messaging service. • Google Chrome – allows for “incognito” browsing- can search for explicit content.
More no-no’s WINK
EVEN MORE no-no’s SNAP CHAT
How does cyber stalking happen? • Used school newsletter • Searched on instagram • Used location to see if user was nearby • Looked at followers/following lists to stalk some more • Are YOU scared ??
What’s wrong with what I found? • NO FULL NAMES online! • Locations turned OFF • NO external links in your profiles • No SCHOOL UNIFORMS! (sports teams?) • Why do you guys have so many friends?
The REALITY and fine print • The TOS (terms of service) on instagram you MUST BE 13 years of age. • IF you come into any misadventure, AND you are under 13, there is nothing that can be legally done. • “you are solely responsible for your interaction with users online and offline” • “BY ACCESSING THE SERVICE, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY BE WAIVING RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR UNSUSPECTED “
Who ARE YOU really? • What would a stranger see about you online? • Is this the real you? • How would you feel if your parents READ EVERY WORD and SAW EVERY IMAGE? • Do you understand how easy it is for creepy people to find you?
Moral of the story • Private accounts • Be nosey • NO EXTERNAL LINKS! • Be your child’s FRIEND! • My rules or nothing!
What are “Parental Controls” • Restricts services, apps, downloads, setting changes and can even limit the volume!! • Can specifically disable the search and download of explicit and age restricted content on itunes, siri, movies and apps. • YOU keep the password private/secure, NOTE- It cannot be easily reset.
Let’s enable some parental controls! • Go to settings- • ENABLE RESTRICTIONS • Change the rating country to Australia • Turn OFF in-app purchases • And!! – lock the password in ALLOW CHANGES Discuss at home WHAT you think is appropriate access/ restrictions.
Q&A ? • Any general questions ? Take these down for later: • http://www.bewebsmart.com/ • Maggie Hamilton books • http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/