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1 E-Safety for Parents and Carers Helping to keep your children safe online Acknowledgements

2 Welcome! Accessed anywhere anytime Easy to communicat e with friends and family Wide and flexible range of information Motivational and fun A key skill for life Raise standards Why do we and our young people use ICT?

3 Aims of this session Look at how children are using the Internet Raise awareness of eSafety issues Consider ways of supporting parents/ carers Offer guidance on keeping your child safe Respond to the negative Promote the positive

4 How we use these technologies Parents / Carers   Shopping  Booking holidays  Research Young people  Music  Games  Chat  Instant Messaging IM  Blogs  Social Networking Are you one of the 28% of parents who use the internet and describe themselves as beginners? 7% of children describe themselves as beginners

5 Moving on…… Download Consume “Corporate” Separate media (Parents / Carers) Young people web2 Upload Create Personal Converged media

6 Some of the technologies…… BLOGS Podcasting Instant messaging Gaming sites Social networking Chat Rooms Mobile phones Video broadcasting Music Download sites Wikies What next ??? Text P2P file-sharing

7 Chat Rooms are websites or part of websites that provide an area for communities with common interests to chat in real time. Many  Many Instant Messaging IM is a way of communicating with another individual in real time across the internet using text-based not voice communication. One  One Chat Rooms Instant messaging 79% of children use IM 29% of parents don’t know what IM is Get I.T. safe NCH – 16 year olds

8 Social networking Based on the idea of networking with friends and friends of friends 49% of the 3,000 children surveyed by Ofcom have a social networking profile It is estimated that 19% of all UK youngsters have a presence on a social networking site (Source: Ofcom) Required age for Bebo registration = 13 years

9 Role-play, adventure and life simulations are becoming very popular Added extra elements of self-expression and personalisation Play on-line with other gamers from around the world Play in real-time Gaming sites

10 School Outside of school Supervised Monitored Filtered Curriculum ?

11 Potential risks 73% of online adverts are not clearly labelled making it difficult for children and adults to recognise them 57% of 9-19 yr olds have come into contact with online pornography accidentally. 4 in 10 pupils aged 9-19 trust most of the information on the internet. 1/3 of young people have received unwanted sexual or nasty comments online. Only 7% of parents think their child has received such comments. ContentContactCommerce  Inaccurate and harmful  Adult content  Illegal content  Inappropriate contact  Cyberbullying  Sex offenders  Privacy  Advertising & information  Invasive software

12 Commercial risks Blur between content & advertising Subtle requests for marketing information- “Tell a friend” Invasive programmes - adware/popups

13 Commercial risks 20% of children claim they mustn’t fill in online forms, compared with 57% of parents who do not allow it. Know IT All

14 Content viewed  Inaccurate content  Extreme material  Pornography 4 in 10 pupils aged 9-19 trust most of the information on the internet Know IT All 57% of 9-19 yr olds have come into contact with online pornography. Only 16% of parents think that their child has seen pornography on the internet.

15 Contact risks  Social networking sites  Instant messaging (eg MSN)  P2P (filesharing)  Multi-user online games  Chat rooms 49% of kids say that they have given out personal information 5% of parents think their child has given out such information Know IT All

16 Over to you… What do YOU think is the biggest risk to children online?

17 Why is education so important in this area? Biggest danger is the not knowing – 55% access the internet everyday 47% for an hour or more 21% liked IM/Chat the most 15% used gaming sites 33% had access in their bedrooms 25% have met someone offline 83% have taken a friend (CEOP, 2007)

18 What is Cyberbullying? Threats Hacking Manipulation Stalking Public postings Exclusion Prejudice

19 Cyberbullying Threats and intimidation Threats sent to people by mobile phone, , or online. Harassment or stalking Repeated, prolonged, unwanted contact or monitoring of another person. Vilification / defamation / prejudice-based bullying These may be general insults or racist, homophobic or sexist bullying. Ostracising / peer rejection / exclusion Set up of a closed group refusing to acknowledge one user on purpose. Identity theft, unauthorised access and impersonation ‘Hacking’ by finding out or guessing a username and password. Publicly posting, sending or forwarding information or images Disclosing information on a website. Manipulation May involve getting people to act or talk in a provocative way. Safe to Learn: Embedding Anti-bullying Work in Schools. DCSF 2007

20 Differences 24/7 contact No escape at home Impact Massive potential audience reached rapidly. Potentially stay online forever Perception of anonymity More likely to say things online Profile of target/bully Physical intimidation changed Some cases are unintentional Bystander effect Evidence Inherent reporting proof

21 Let’s Fight It Together film View the film from

22 CEOP works across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse wherever and whenever it happens. provides internet safety advice for parents and carers provides information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people aged 11 to 16 years report facility enabling anyone to report any inappropriate or potentially illegal activity with or towards a child online

23 Know where to report ContentContact Commerce + your operator + your Internet Service Provider

24 Advice for parents Be careful about denying access to the technology Understand the tools Discuss cyberbullying with your children - always respect others - treat your passwords with care - block/delete contacts & save conversations - don’t reply/retaliate - save evidence - make sure you tell Report the cyberbullying - school - service provider - police

25 Mobile phone advice Know how your child’s phone works (e.g. Bluetooth, Internet access) Agree the type of content that you would be happy for them to download, knowingly receive or send on to others Save any abusive messages/inappropriate images for evidence purposes Decide together what are acceptable bills Encourage balanced use – switching off at mealtimes, bedtime.

26 Checklist of questions for mobiles Mobile Operators Code of Practice Services to protect children that operators are committed to including. Childnet’s Checklist for parents To help parents ensure that these protections are in place. Questions include: How can I turn Bluetooth off? Can I put a bar on premium numbers?

27 SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – including full name and address - to people who you don’t trust online. MEETING – Meeting up with someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parent’s/carer’s permission and even then only when they can be present. ACCEPTING – Accepting s, IM messages or opening files from people you don’t know can be dangerous – they may contain viruses or nasty messages! RELIABLE – Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be true. Check information and advice on other websites, in books or ask someone who may know. TELL – Tell your parent/carer or teacher if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or you or someone you know is being cyberbullied. SMART rules

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30 Aims of this session Look at how children are using the Internet Raise awareness of eSafety issues Consider ways of supporting parents/ carers Offer guidance on keeping your child safe Next steps Acknowledgements


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