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1 E-safety for parents and carers

2 Purpose: To discuss some of the issues and statistics surrounding internet safety. To raise awareness of some of the ‘Hot Topics’ that may affect children at St George’s regarding e-safety. To draw attention to some of the resources available online to promote e-safety.

3 Welcome! Accessed anywhere anytime Easy to communicate 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?

4 Where and how can your child access the internet?

5 "Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe - this isn’t just about a top-down approach. Children will be children - pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim" Dr Tanya Byron- Safer children in a digital world: The report of the Byron Review - March 2008 The Review focuses on the use of video games and the Internet (particularly social networking websites) by children, and discusses the use of classification and the role of parenting in policing these.

6 Es timated hours children spent online at home in a typical week (OFCOM Report October 2012) (Using PCs, Mobile Phones, iPads and Gaming devices) · 37% of 3-4 year olds use the internet 33% of 3-4 year olds have a TV in their bedroom Hours spent online 5-7’s – 5.2 hours a week 8-11’s – 8.4 hours 12 – 15’s – 17.1 hours Social networking 5-7’s – 23% 8-12’s – 34% Mobile phones Fewer voicecalls 20% v 25% (2009), 12-15’s Texting 8-11’s – 27% v 22% (2009) 12 – 15’s – 113 v 104 (2009) Average friends on social network site 8-11’s – 92 12 – 15’s – 286 Online friends they have not met in real life 8-11’s – 12% 12 – 15’s – 25% Between 2011 and 2012, there was a tripling of UK children’s at-home use of touchscreen tablets

7 YouTube is the second favourite site for children under 5 in the UK. When they reach 3 or 4 they also become interested in playing games online As these young children get older they widen their internet usage to include information seeking, completing homework and socialising 64% of UK children from 6-9 are using the social network functions on sites such as Club Penguin, Minecraft, Moshie Monsters and Webkinz. 10% of UK children between the ages of six and nine use Facebook (Sources: Childwise, 2012 Young Children 2011)

8 Issues 51% of UK households now own a tablet device 18% of 8-11s and 26% of 12-15s have their own tablet 28 % of 3-4s and 42 % of 5-11s use a tablet at home About half of parents agree that their child knows more about the internet than they do. 14% of parents of children aged 3-4 year olds 22% of parents of a 5-7 year-old 44% of parents of an 8-11 year-old 67% of parents of 12-15s. 54% of 12-15s say that they know how to delete their online history 26% say they have done this in the last year. 22% say they know how to disable any online filters or controls OFCOM study Oct 2013


10 Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, such as the internet or a mobile device to bully others. It is a 24/7 problem!

11 Sending cruel, nasty, or threatening messages by text or computer Creating websites or fake profiles, or adding to existing websites, unpleasant stories, pictures, or jokes making fun of others. Posting pictures or video clips online or distributing via text or messaging apps without the person’s knowledge Breaking into another person’s e-mail/social network/game account and sending nasty or embarrassing material to others. Using Instant Messaging services to gang up on or exclude another person. Racist, Xenophobic and Homophobic comments posted online or sent by text

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13 Tips to help with cyberbullying. Don’t deny access to technology. Discuss the issue openly Save the evidence Don’t reply

14 Pornography It is inevitable at some point that your child will see something online that we don’t want them to. A Google search for ‘oops’ provided ‘unexpected’ results for this presentation! It is important that we discuss any sexual content that children see in an age appropriate manner. Google ‘Safesearch’, and parental controls can minimise these risks.

15 Parental controls are an effective way of limiting access to the more inappropriate areas of the internet. There are four main places you can find parental controls, and it can help to set up a combination of these: Internet provider: you can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content on any device that connects to your home wifi Mobile operator: filters are often automatically set up on mobile contracts, but you can double-check with your provider Devices: many devices have parental control settings, for example, to help restrict spending in apps or disable location functions Online services: sites like BBC iPlayer and YouTube have parental control settings to help restrict access to inappropriate content

16 Parental controls are not a 100% effective way of protecting your child If you are unsure about how to set up parental controls ask our good friend Google!

17 Sexting, Grooming and Staying safe online Are we all familiar with what these terms mean? In what contexts could these issues arise?

18 The best way to avoid situations is to teach children to be safe online. But how can we do this?


20 Only share online what you would do in ‘real life.’

21 Knowledge is power!! Children need to be taught that who they talk to online isn’t necessarily who they say they are.

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24 If you suspect then report.

25 Social Networking How many can you name? How many do your children use?


27 Facebook and many other web sites bar people under age 13 because the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires web sites to give special treatment to children 12 or younger. The law aims to stop marketers prying personal information from children or using their data to advertise to them. Sites must get parental permission before allowing children to enter, and must take steps to protect privacy.


29 The key issue is making children aware of their online reputation and how to protect it. Don’t share information that you wouldn’t share in real life Privacy settings used Uploaded photos can be manipulated NEVER post images in school uniform Encourage children to think about content and contact always.


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32 The key issue for us as teachers and parents is NOT to stop children using these sites. We must teach them how to use them responsibly instead. Otherwise they will find a way to use them if they want to!

33 Gaming Online gaming is bigger than ever and obviously is ‘online.’ Children face the same dangers in this environment.

34 How appropriate games are, is also an issue. The PEGI website updates on game ratings. Also gaming support.

35 Addiction ? not yet officially classified by NHS, but increasing alarm at the rising number of young people shunning normal 'fun' activities and family life in favour of playing computer games in isolation. Children who may be bottling up a lot of anger tend to play aggressive video games. Signs to watch out for can include: tendonitis in wrists and neck pain, depression, mood swings, angry outbursts if interrupted or restricted, avoiding normal socialising and being active with other friends, and deterioration in quality of school work and poor attention during classes

36 Other issues that children need to be aware of: Downloading and digital rights Apps and ‘in app purchases’

37 Things to think about now How aware are you of e-Safety issues now? Has your child experienced threats to their e-Safety? Do you and your child talk about using the internet safely?

38 Home and Family Guidelines ☺ Practical principles Talk with, NOT at your children. Agree family guidelines and rules. Discuss regularly online safety. ☺ InfrastructureVirus and firewall software up to-date, Browser ‘ safe search ’ enabled. ☺ Education Learn together about new technologies and enjoy! Reflect together about new technologies, the benefits, dangers and potential. ☺ Systems Keep webcams in family rooms Monitor time spent on the internet View the ‘ History ’ or purchase filtering software. Have proportionate responses to problems. Your child will not tell you about a problem if they feel their access to the technologies will be restricted or they feel that they will get into trouble.

39 Conversation starter ideas: Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online. Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share? Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use. Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support. Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

40 Useful websites to learn more and access e-safety learning resources

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