This is our presentation order of service.
1. Connect with the group. Find out our experiences with cyber-safety and age of children- many have older children with more mobile access to the internet.
2. What are your main questions you would like answered at this meeting? Try to make sure we can address them in this forum.
3. Video- Sharing Personal Information. What can we learn from that? Be a parent. We have more life experience to guide children.
4. Brett Lee's EdTalk- start about two minutes in. He starts off talking about his credentials to be able to talk about cybersafety.
Brett's job as part of the Queensland police force, was to pretend to be a child to identify, locate and arrest adults who exploit children on line.
Brett argues that students lack the life skills to identify these dangers and he promotes awareness, empowerment and self esteem.
Start 1min: 51- 2:30 then 3:30 through to the end.
5. Inappropriate Material: we are careful who we let into our home, and we should be careful about what comes into our home through the computer. Let them know that you will be monitoring their computer usage as they learn how to behave online.
You can easily turn on safe searching in Google to filter out explicit searches and images. Here is a quick video to show you how.
Most social media web sites have a way to report or 'flag' sites as being inappropriate. Let the service know that you have seen inappropriate content- eg YouTube.
6. Cyber-bullying Advice
If you are being cyberbullied
• Don't escalate things. Try not responding to the bully. If they don’t get a response they may get bored and go away.
• Block the person. This will stop you seeing messages or texts from a particular person.
• Tell someone. Tell your mum or dad, or another adult you trust. Or you can call Kids Helpline on 0800WHATSUP, visit their website
• Keep the evidence. This can be useful in tracking the bully down. Save texts, emails, online conversations or voicemails as proof.
• Report it to:
◦ your school—they will have policies in place about bullying and cyberbullying.
◦ your Internet Service Provider and/or phone provider or the website administrator—there are actions they can take to help.
◦ the police—if there is a threat to your safety the police will help.
Help stop cyberbullying
• Stand up and speak out! If you see or know about cyberbullying happening to a friend, support them and report the bullying. You’d want them to do the same for you.
• Don’t forward on messages or pictures that may hurt or be upsetting to someone. Even though you may not have started it, you will be seen to be part of the cyberbullying cycle.
• Remember to treat others as you would like to be treated when communicating online.
7. Sharing Personal Information- be very careful where and if you post personal information about yourself.
8. Email/ Instant Messaging and Chatrooms
- Only give out your mobile number to people you know and trust. Respect your friends’ privacy by not giving away their details without permission.
- Don’t tell anyone your personal details such as your name, address or school.
- Always check with your parents before sending private information to anyone using your mobile phone.
- Think before you send. The person who you send information, pictures or videos to may not be the only one who will see them—so if you don’t want them to go public, don’t send them.
- Don’t accept offers that sound too good to be true. They probably are, and you or your parents could end up with unexpectedly high phone bills. Check with your parents before accepting any offers.
- If your phone is lost or is stolen, ask your parents to notify your network carrier and the police immediately.
- Once you report the phone lost or stolen so your phone can be blocked, making it useless to any thief.
9. Sharing Pics and the new file sharing legislation
What you put on line stays there, even if you think you have deleted it. For example here is how the Appleby School website looked in 2001. http://web.archive.org/web/20020605045251/http://appleby.school.nz/
Ninety-nine per cent of BitTorrent or Peer-to-Peer networking like Limewire is illegal (copyright infringing at the very least) so beware of what you share and download on line.
Play the video and stop at each stage to discuss. Great for sharing with youngsters. You need to view the video on YouTube directly for it to become interactive.
10. Cellphones- when is the 'right age' for children to have cellphones?
• Keep your personal details private. Use an appropriate nickname instead of your real name. Ask your parents before giving anyone on the internet your name, address, phone number or any other personal details.
• Don’t share your username or password with anyone.
• Think before you hit send or post. Once posted, it can be difficult to remove content.
• Don't post anything you don't want others to know or find out about—or that you wouldn’t say to them face to face.
• Remember that private images and videos you send to friends or post on a social networking site may be passed on to others and uploaded to public sites.
• Be respectful of other people’s content that you post or share. For example, a photo that your friend took is their property, not yours. You should post it online only if you have their permission and make a note about where you got it from.
12. On Line Predators- Assembly Jigsaw
There is no difference between chatting on a gaming site and on a chat site -
- Be careful who you trust online
- Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous.
- Stay in charge in chat. Keep your personal information secret in the online game, even if people ask for this.
- Look after each other. Look after and respect your friends while you are online.
- Think about your username or ‘handle’. Use a nickname and a nickname that is not going to attract the wrong type of attention.
- Learn how to block another player. If another player is behaving badly and annoying you then you should block them so you don’t hear from them again.
- Learn how to report another user. If another player is making you feel uncomfortable, by harassing you for personal information for example, then you should report them to the games provider.
- Learn how to keep a record, and keep any key information. It’s easier to explain a problem if you can show it.
14. School Responsibilities
An education approach rather then a restrictive approach because,
"Can you learn to cross a road with out actually doing it!"
Golden Rules for Internet Use
- Be a parent - you may not have technical knowledge but you do have life skills. Follow your gut instinct.
- Talk to your kids. Take an interest in what they are doing. Spend time online together so they learn from you.
- Have boundaries, discuss expectations and set sensible rules - just as you do for everything else in life.
- Discuss what to do if things go wrong - e.g. escape routes, reporting abuse and telling an adult.
- Anyone important to you and your family will have your personal information. Protect this information from strangers. Have strong passwords and never share your password.
- Try to have internet access in a common area rather than in bedrooms.
- Help your kids understand the need to check out “friends” online as there are no clues by appearance or body language.
- Always respond strongly to cyberbullying!
- There are over six billion people watching - don't post anything you wouldn't want your grandmother to see.
- Make sure your firewall and filtering is always up-to-date. There are monitoring and software filters available too
- The internet should be a positive experience for kids. If not and conversations, comments and questions make them uncomfortable them we adults should be ready to step in to support and to expose!