Tag: Online Safety

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Lockdown and long-lasting pandemic restrictions resulted in many
children and young people spending more time online than usual, increasing the risk that they might be targeted and exploited by online abusers.

Child Protection Committees Scotland’s Keeping Kids Safe Online campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to be curious and actively interested in what their children are doing online, and to learn how to help keep them safe from the dangers of online abuse or exploitation.

• many children have been online for longer during the pandemic so more children have been at risk of online abuse
• parents and carers can play a big part by helping keep their kids safe from online abuse and exploitation
• be curious and chatty with your children about their online lives
• it’s okay to ask about what your kids are doing online and who they are talking too
• don’t ask just once, keep being interested and curious, keep asking questions
• learn more about your kids’ online lives, ask them to show you how sites, apps and platforms work
• talk to your children who their online friends are, what they chat about and what information they share
• encourage your children to be careful about sharing too much information with someone they’ve never met
• face your own fears about the online world and find out more about how to keep your kids safe
• learn from the many existing toolkits and information sites about how to help protect your children from predatory people
• talk to your children about online risks as early as possible, even very young children can be targeted by online abusers
• just as you want to know where your children are going when they go out, you should ask them where they are going online and who they talking to
• if you are worried that your child is or has been a victim of online abuse or exploitation, take action immediately

Find out more here:

https://www.childprotection.scot/stay-safe-online/ 

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Trust Me – learning how to recognise what to trust online

TrustMeTrust Me – Learning how to recognise what to trust online – a great set of resources for schools to support teaching children of all ages and stages how to recognise what sources online they can most trust. The resources contains lesson plans for both primary and secondary level that aim to empower teachers to discuss how to think critically around content seen online, contact of the kind that young people may have with others online, and propaganda material that may seek to persuade or change their views. The packs also contain guidance for teachers on questions to ask and further sources of information.

http://www.childnet.com/resources/trust-me

Your school can get your free education pack for Safer Internet Day 2016

SaferInternetDay16EdPacksClick here to get details of the Education Packs for Schools for Safer Internet Day 2016.  There are three packs: Primary (ages 3-11), Secondary (ages 11-19) and a pack for parents and carers. The packs are designed to help schools and organisations working with young people to plan and celebrate Safer Internet Day, 9 February 2016, under the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet’. Each pack contains a lesson plan, an assembly script, posters, drama activities and video content from SID TV. You can download the packs from the UK safer Internet Centre website by clicking on this link.

Don’t let reluctance to broach online safety leave children unprepared for online world

O2NSPCCEsafetyresourceO2 and NSPCC launch an online partnership to help parents/carers support their children online.

O2 and the NSPCC  announced an online safety partnership as new research reveals thousands of children are potentially missing out on vital online advice and support at a crucial time in their development.
The O2 and NSPCC press release reported that the YouGov survey of more than 2,000 parents of children aged 8 to 13 suggests a worrying ‘digital delay’ as parents may be postponing conversations with their kids about staying safe online. The findings reveal that although 91 per cent of eight year olds use the internet at least once a week, on average parents think that children should be at least nine before their parents tackle issues of online safety with them.*
The research, also highlights a contradiction in the way parents approach online and offline welfare and safety issues. On average, parents thought it was right to talk to kids about everyday ‘real world’ issues such as stranger danger and bullying from age seven. However, when it comes to similar issues online, such as chatting to strangers on the web or cyber-bullying, on average parents felt that these conversations could wait until their children are at least nine*.
To ensure parents can access the practical advice and support they need to help their children stay safe online, O2 and NSPCC have teamed up to launch a ground-breaking partnership which will provide free one-on-one expert technical advice to parents via a dedicated new helpline, as well as interactive workshops delivered in workplaces and schools up and down the country.
And, importantly for the hundreds of thousands of children that contact ChildLine every year – O2 will also zero-rate ChildLine online, making it free for children and young people to get the help and support they need – even if they don’t have credit on their mobile phones.
Ronan Dunne, O2 CEO said: “While the internet is driving economic growth and positively transforming the way we live and work, the simple truth is that, like the ‘offline’ world, the online world comes with risks attached. Risks that need to be acknowledged and faced. Although progress has been made in ensuring young people receive practical online safety advice, our research and experience also suggests that more needs to be done to help parents, particularly those who don’t feel as confident supporting their children in the fast-changing digital world.

“That’s why today we are launching an ambitious partnership with the NSPCC to give parents free expert personalised advice to build their digital competence to help keep their children safe online. It is our hope that this partnership will help parents and their families to make the most of the wonders of the web, safely.”

NSPCC chief executive, Peter Wanless said: “Sadly we know that children up and down the country are struggling because of difficult experiences online. Thousands of young people contact us about issues such as online grooming, cyber bullying and after viewing sites which encourage eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. We need to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to protect themselves.

“This is a 21st century problem that will not go away and we need a real focus on teaching young people about staying safe on the internet which, is why we are joining forces with O2. Together we want to help parents recognise that for their children there is often no distinction between the online and offline world. Through our new helpline, workshops and online hub we want to encourage parents to learn more about what they can do to help keep their children safe. We hope that this partnership is just the start and that others will follow suit.”
Baroness Joanna Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security, said: “Growing up has never been easy but today the virtual world presents a whole new set of risks which are all too unfamiliar to parents. The challenge of keeping children safe online requires the full support and cooperation of parents, industry, charities and the government. We welcome the NSPCC and O2 partnership which brings together experts on the technology our children use with those who understand the way they use it.
“Government takes safety online seriously and we are standing alongside parents to make sure the internet is safer for children to explore, learn and create fearlessly.”

When it comes to what’s behind the digital delay identified by the survey – a significant number of parents expressed concern about the emotional implications of talking to their kids about online safety before they’re ten years old:
• Of the parents who think children should be 10 years or older to initiate conversations about online safety, nearly four in ten parents (39%) felt they would be too young to understand the issue
• Just over a quarter (26 %) of these parents believe the nature of the conversation would scare or upset them too much.

Surprisingly, almost one in 10 (9%) admit they don’t see the need for parents to ever proactively talk about cyber bullying, and 11% don’t think parents should ever initiate a conversation about viewing age appropriate content online.

The study also highlighted that confidence in dealing with online issues could be key:
• Nearly a third (31%) of all parents admitted they would refer their child to another adult or sibling if they asked them questions about an issue they’d encountered online
• While one in six (16%) admitted they’re more confident giving advice to their child about staying safe in ‘real life’ compared to staying safe online.

Even though a quarter (26%) of those parents who acknowledge feeling less confident about staying safe online don’t believe they have the technical knowledge to give their child practical advice it’s clear from the survey that the current generation of digital natives genuinely value guidance from their parents. Of the 1,000 children surveyed whose parents had ever talked to them about online safety, nearly two thirds (60%) said that they had modified their online behaviour as a result.

The new partnership between O2 and the NSPCC is designed to give parents the tools, support and information they need to help their children explore the internet safely. The partnership includes:
• A dedicated new joint helpline designed to help parents to navigate the digital world safely. The free helpline will be staffed by NSPCC-trained O2 tech-experts who will be able to give parents the technical advice they need to get the most out of the internet, including how to set privacy settings and parental controls.
• Free interactive workshops in schools and workplaces from January 2016 to help parents brush up their digital skills and expertise. Run by O2 tech experts, and NSPCC staff, the workshops will equip and empower parents with the skills they need to have impactful conversations with their children about how to safe online.

For further information about the partnership or to sign up for one of the workshops, visit: o2.co.uk/nspcc

About the research
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total adult sample size was 20,014, of whom 2,009 were parents of children aged 8 to 13. Fieldwork was undertaken between 31st July – 13th August 2015. Total children’s sample size was 1,142 aged 8 to 13. Fieldwork was undertaken between 31st July – 7th August 2015. Both surveys were carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+) and all GB children (aged 8 to 13).

*Parents of 8-13 year olds were asked at what age they believed they should initiate conversations with their children about offline wellbeing and safety topics (road safety, stranger danger, sex education, how to stay safe from sexual abuse, friendship difficulties, dealing with death, watching age-inappropriate content on TV (e.g. pornography, violent videos/ games), body image and bullying) as well as online wellbeing and safety topics ( sharing personal information online, using webcams and online video chat safely, keeping internet settings secure, using location settings, viewing age-inappropriate content online (e.g. pornography, violent online videos/ games), creating social media profiles, talking or meeting strangers online, cyber-bullying and sexting). On average,
parents believed they should initiate conversations about these offline topics at the age of 6.51, and about these online topics at the age of 8.9.

The means did not include those that said ‘Not applicable – I don’t think parents should ever initiate a conversation with their children about this topic’.

Child Internet Safety Training Conference Event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 October 2015

PolicyHubScotland

Child Internet Safety Training Conference Event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 October 2015

Child Internet Safety conference: Leading challenges, effective responses and strategies for minimizing risk online Wednesday 28 October 2015 in Edinburgh

This event seeks to provide an opportunity for colleagues from schools, local authorities and the third sector to hear about how to strike the right balance between keeping children safe online and ensuring they become highly competent, confident and responsible digital citizens.

Featuring a range of expert speakers, this one-day training conference will comprise three core strands covering:

Cyber bullying and Sexting
◾ The dangers and impact of these leading challenges to child online safety in Scotland

◾Effective responses and strategies for minimizing the risks

E-safety in Scotland’s schools
◾ Embedding online safety into the Curriculum for Excellence and promoting a whole school approach to responsible use

◾ Reviewing and improving e-safety provision in Scottish schools using the 360 degree safe self-assessment tool (developed by South West Grid for Learning and rolled out by Education Scotland last year)

Partnership working on e-safety
◾ Developing collaborative strengths-based approaches

◾ The benefits of engaging with a range of groups to promote child online safety – creating a better, safer internet together

Speakers include:

• Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, Young Scot

• Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme

• Professor Andy Phippen, Plymouth University

• Heather Smith, Principal Officer – Child Care & Protection Training and Development, City of Edinburgh Council

• Ron Richards, E-Safety Consultant with South West Grid for Learning

• Plus, representatives from the Scottish Parent Teacher Council

Find out more, and register to attend, at the link below:

http://policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/child-internet-safety-conference/

First Minister Signs up to iRights

iRights

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signed up the Scottish Government as an official supporter of the iRights coalition.

The iRights coalition recognises that the internet and digital technologies are a fundamental part of children and young people’s lives and believes that they people must be empowered to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

Young Scot is the lead in Scotland for the UK-wide iRights coalition to define and promote the rights of children and young people online and in digital technologies.

The initiative is centred on five principles to allow children and young people to access the internet and digital world safely and knowledgeably.

The five principles of iRights are:

  • The right to remove: to easily edit or delete online content they have created, and access simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them
  • The right to know: to know who holds and profits from their information, what their information is being used for, and whether it is being copied, sold, or traded.
  • The right to safety and support: to be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.
  • The right to make informed and conscious choices: to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.
  • The right to digital literacy: to be taught the appropriate skills to use and critique digital technologies and be confident in managing new social norms.

The recommendations from the Royal Society of Edinburgh report “spreading the benefits of digital participation” included giving further consideration to the topic of digital literacy and its broader definition including online safety, rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the relationship between the on and offline worlds.

The iRights project will provide insight, learning and understanding of individuals rights and safety on the internet. The aim is to improve digital competence and confidence within the population as a whole.

Click on the links below for more information

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/First-Minister-signs-up-to-iRights-1b00.aspx

http://irights.uk/

http://young.scot/