A recent BBC report suggests that a worrying number of teenagers are swapping intimate or sexually explicit photos, called “sexts”, on their mobile phones.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre says it receives daily reports of harassment after private photos have been circulated. Some “sexts” have ended up on forums used by child sex offenders.
According to charity Beatbullying, “One in four 11 to 18-year-olds have received a “sext” by phone or email”
The charity, which surveyed 2,094 young people in England, said, “23% of messages came from a current boyfriend or girlfriend, 45% from friends and 2% from adults”.
This video from ThinkUKnow Australia is useful to talk about the issues and implications of sending inappropriate images over the Internet and by mobile phone. It is suitable for use at Level 3 and Level 4.
In July CEOP’s Children and Young People’s Team launched a new suite of Internet Safety Resources for young people with special needs and disabilities.
The resources have been developed through working closely with an extensive range of disability groups and professionals working in the area. At different stages in their development, the resources have been evaluated through a range of focus groups with young people.
Themes covered by the resources include; grooming, cyberbullying, protecting personal information online and where to go for help.
With each film there are accompanying lesson plans/ activity sheets designed for young people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
The actors in this film use British Sign Language and it can be viewed will full or partial subtitles.
You can view the video below:
This is a useful video from the BBC that shows the power of Facebook.
Click here to see the video and full article.
Highly suitable for use at Level 3 and Level 4 to talk around the theme of responsibility and giving other peoples information away. The video basically demonstrates that when you up-load your address book to facebook it is able to cross-reference this information on its database to see if you have contacts in common. It makes the assumption that these people are your friends and recommends that you connect to them.
It is interesting because it means that Facebook has information about users who aren’t even on Facebook.
What a great discussion about privacy.
Google owns YouTube.
YouTube has Community Guidelines that describe the type of content that is and isn’t allowed on the site. However, there may be cases when you’d prefer to screen out content even though it meets Google’s guidelines.
Opting in to Safety Mode means that videos with mature content or that have been age-restricted will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows or films. While no filter is 100% accurate, Google uses community flagging and porn-image detection to help identify and hide inappropriate content. It is also designed to hide objectionable comments.
Safety Mode on YouTube does not remove content from the site, but rather helps hide it from users who opt in.
Click on the link at the bottom of any video page to select Safety Mode and lock it for that browser with your YouTube password. To learn more, check out the video below.
You can find out more about YouTube and Safety Mode at youtube.com/safety.
Google builds tools and controls into our products that help you manage your online experience. One of these tools is Google Safe Search.
SafeSearch is designed to filter sites that contain sexually explicit content and remove them from your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, Google SafeSearch helps you avoid content you may prefer not to see or would rather your children did not stumble across.
By default, Moderate SafeSearch is turned on, which helps keep explicit images out of your search results. If you prefer you can change your setting to Strict filtering to help filter out explicit text as well as images. You can modify your computer’s SafeSearch settings by clicking on Search settings at the top right of the Google homepage.
If you’re worried about others changing the Strict SafeSearch setting without your knowledge, you can protect it with a password using SafeSearch Lock.
To use SafeSearch lock, click on Search settings in the upper right corner of the Google homepage. Choose “Strict Filtering” and then click “Lock SafeSearch.”
Once locked, the Google search results page will be visibly different to indicate that SafeSearch is locked:
Even from across the room, the colored balls give parents and teachers a clear visual cue that SafeSearch is still locked. And if you don’t see them, it’s quick and easy to verify and re-lock SafeSearch.
This YouTube video below shows you what to do:
A very good starting point for any learner looking at Internet Safety and Responsible Use: