Playing Safe by o64e0bx


   What are the key issues of concern?
       Unmonitored access to content
       'Stranger Danger'
       Cyberbullying
   How do we tackle these concerns?
       Parental control software
       Talking with our children
       Plain common sense
                    Getting real ...
   New technologies have always been perceived
    as a potential danger
       Television in the 1950s / 1960s
       Music (radio and disc … lyrics, 'subliminal
        messages', ...)
       Computer games (1980s on)
   … though as a “corrupting influence”
   So what is different about the Internet?
       "Children don't go online--they are online. It's part
        of their everyday lives"
"Children don't GO online--they
         ARE online"
      Too much of a good thing ...
   How many hours a day does your child spend
   Are you aware of / have you heard of 'Internet
   Does your child have an active real-world social
   Do you place time restrictions on your child's
    Internet usage?
         “Where do you want to go
   What web sites is your child viewing?
       Do you supervise / monitor your child's internet
       Have you spoken with your child about
        “inappropriate content”?
      What is your child viewing?
   If you think your child has been viewing
    inappropriate content, report it to your ISP or to
    the content provider
   Look for “Report this picture” and similar
    buttons on web sites
           Connecting with others
   The Internet of the 2000s is inherently social …
       Email
       Facebook
       Instant Messengers (Yahoo, MSN, AIM, …)
       MySpace
       Twitter
       Virtual worlds (Panfu, Club Penguin, Oloko,
        SmallWorlds, …, etc)
                'Stranger Danger'
   "Talking to your child is the simplest and best
    way to keep up. After all who knows better
    what your children are up to online … other
    than your children!"
       What does your child do on the Internet?
       What web sites does he/she visit?
       Who does he/she chat with? And where?
       Who are your children's online friends?
   Ask him/her! (just as you would for real-world
   Apply the same cautions as you would in the
                What is a 'friend'?
   “What does a friend mean to you? And is that
    the same as what it means to your child?”
       'Friends' they've met in chat rooms or gaming sites,
        whom they have never met in real life
       Ease of adding new 'friends' … and the naturalness
        for your child of accepting a friend request
       Gives access to your (child's) personal information:
        what you look like, what you like, where you are,
        who else you know, … But how do you know whom
        you can trust? What is a 'friend'?
Facebook friends
         “Remember: the people you
         share with can always share
         your information with

         Privacy is a collective

         Do you know who your
         child's friends are?

         Does your child know who
         his/her friends are?!?!
Facebook privacy settings

                   "Remember: we
                   act differently
                   online to how we
                   do in the real

                   It can be much
                   easier to say, do,
                   or reveal things
                   online when we're
                   hiding behind a
Facebook privacy settings
           “I know where you live”
   What information is your child sharing online?
       Personal details? (school, home location, ...)
       Photographs?
       Videos?
   It's important that your children learn to think
    before they share. Once your content is online,
    you can lose control of it.
Social gaming and virtual worlds
How many worlds are there?
Children are largest user group
Habbo Hotel
Moshi Monsters
Bin Weevils
             Users by age group

70.3% of all virtual world users are (Q1, 2011) between the ages
of 5 and 15; and an extraordinary 84% between the ages of 8
and 20
Virtual worlds and social gaming
   Do you monitor how much time your child
    spends online?
   Do you know which social gaming worlds your
    child is using?
   Do you know who your child's in-world friends
   Have you talked with your child about personal
    safety when in a social gaming world?
        Parental control systems
   Parental control systems for computer, Xbox,
    Playstation, and Wii

                In the south
                USA, one in 5
                children aged
                10 to 18 has
                reported being
                a victim of

                Has your child
                been bullied?
                Don't wait till it
                caution your
                child now!
Cyberbullying … online support
Other online support

                The Child Exploitation
                and Online Protection
                Centre at:

Other online support

                CEOP at
Other online support
                Summing up ...
   Create a computer account for your child
    separate from your own, and (with younger
    children) ensure that only you know the
    password. Time-restrict usage.
   If using MS Windows, install anti-virus software.
   Talk with your child sensitively about the
    dangers of talking with strangers on the 'net.
    Ensure they know how to restrict publishing of,
    and access to, personal information.
   Talk with your child about 'inappropriate
    content'. If there's something you'd not want
               Summing up ...
   Set limits on the amount of time your child
    spends online
   Make sure your child takes regular screen
    breaks (at least 15 minutes in every hour)
   Ensure your child thinks before sharing pictures
    or videos; and explain why they should not give
    out personal information such as mobile phone
    number or address
   Make sure your child knows to come to you if
    they are concerned about anything that
    happens online
                Some useful links
   Keeping children safe online
   Child internet safety
   UK Council for Child Internet Safety
   Child safety online: a guide for parents

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