Category: communicate – teacher toolkit

Communicate – Messaging Apps and Services

Communicating online carries more risk than just consuming or creating content. Interacting with others increases the variables that can impact a learner’s online experience. 
Platforms such as social media are designed for communicating with others, inviting them to comment on your posts, pictures and videos.

The risks:

  • sharing content publicly with no restriction on who can see, share or comment on it
  • sharing or receiving content that is inappropriate, offensive or harmful
  • being groomed or exploited
  • being bullied
  • receiving inappropriate images or messages 

Becoming cyber resilient is the first step to being safer online. Talk to your learners about the devices and accounts that they use to access online information:

  • Make sure they are aware of how to create a stronger password and enable 2FA
  • Ensure they are aware of privacy settings, such as who can see and comment on posts, or how many notifications they receive
  • Show them how to report concerns on the platform

Being more cyber resilient reduces the risk of internet safety issues arising. We all want the internet to be a more welcoming space for children and young people and that is why we promote this positive message of safe, smart and kind.

With your learners:

  • Are they aware of the risk of grooming – what it looks like, how it happens and how to report it?
  • Ensure that learners are aware of the risks of social media comments and posts – could they be offensive, harmful or bullying to someone else?
  • What does your content say about you – are you creating a smart and kind public presence?

Communicate – Livestreams

Livestreaming is an increasingly popular method of communicating with people across the world. They can be based on any sort of content but often centre around sports and gaming.
Learners should be aware of the risks of inappropriate content in livestreams, the pressure to provide tips, subscriptions or sponsorship, and the risks associated with talking to others on streams, whether friends or strangers.

The risks:

  • pressurised into purchases, tips, sponsorships or subscriptions
  • inappropriate content

Becoming cyber resilient is the first step to being safer online. Talk to your learners about the devices and accounts that they use to access online information:

  • Make them aware of any potential risks, such as inappropriate content and costs
  • Ensure they have privacy and security settings enabled on their streaming platforms and consider where and what they film
  • If content is harmful – do they know how to report it?

Being more cyber resilient reduces the risk of internet safety issues arising. We all want the internet to be a more welcoming space for children and young people and that is why we promote this positive message of safe, smart and kind.

With your learners:

  • Discuss the risk of watching inappropriate streams
  • Ask them to explore and recommend smarter choices for more appropriate streams – this could be class stream reviews alongside book reviews
  • Look at how they can be kinder when streaming or commenting on others’ streams

 

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Communicate – Gaming

Gaming is one of the most popular past times in the world. The amount of money spent playing games is more than that spent on video-on-demand (VOD), such as Netflix, or music streaming like Spotify combined. There are many aspects to gaming beyond playing the games, including livestreaming, esports or gambling.
Learners should be aware of the risks of inappropriate content in games, the pressure to make purchases (lootboxes, FUT, skins), and the risks associated with playing multiplayer online games whether friends or strangers.

The risks:

  • pressurised into purchases by targeted advertising, influencer promotions, or in-app/in-game microtransactions
  • inappropriate content

Becoming cyber resilient is the first step to being safer online. Talk to your learners about the devices and accounts that they use to access online information:

  • Make them aware of any potential risks, such as inappropriate content and the ERSB age ratings to support this
  • Ensure they have privacy and security settings enabled on their games consoles and apps – especially when playing online
  • If content is harmful – do they know how to report it?

Being more cyber resilient reduces the risk of internet safety issues arising. We all want the internet to be a more welcoming space for children and young people and that is why we promote this positive message of safe, smart and kind.

With your learners:

  • Discuss the risk of playing inappropriate games
  • Ask them to explore and recommend smarter choices for more appropriate games – this could be class game reviews alongside book reviews
  • Look at how they can be kinder when playing cooperatively

Communicate – Social Media

Communicating online carries more risk than just consuming or creating content. Interacting with others increases the variables that can impact a learner’s online experience. 
Platforms such as social media are designed for communicating with others, inviting them to comment on your posts, pictures and videos.

 

The risks:

  • sharing content publicly with no restriction on who can see, share or comment on it
  • sharing or receiving content that is inappropriate, offensive or harmful
  • being groomed or exploited
  • being bullied
  • receiving inappropriate images or messages 

Becoming cyber resilient is the first step to being safer online. Talk to your learners about the devices and accounts that they use to access online information:

  • Make sure they are aware of how to create a stronger password and enable 2FA
  • Ensure they are aware of privacy settings, such as who can see and comment on posts, or how many notifications they receive
  • Show them how to report concerns on the platform

Being more cyber resilient reduces the risk of internet safety issues arising. We all want the internet to be a more welcoming space for children and young people and that is why we promote this positive message of safe, smart and kind.

With your learners:

  • Are they aware of the risk of grooming – what it looks like, how it happens and how to report it?
  • Ensure that learners are aware of the risks of social media comments and posts – could they be offensive, harmful or bullying to someone else?
  • What does your content say about you – are you creating a smart and kind public presence?