L Coldwells: Using digital media on social media
Internet Safety Day Pt5
What would you do if you found out that your child was getting unwanted attention online? In all likelihood our parental instinct would be to protect a child by insulating them: delete the accounts, remove the app or take the device away. However, this might be counter-productive.
Every generation has things that children or teenagers aren’t allowed. This did not necessarily stop us from having them; what we learnt about was keeping secrets. As I recall, a school friend of mine hid his Nokia 3310 from his mum for years. However, it is a different world now with different consequences. Past messages, photos and videos are returning to haunt famous people, in the digital age an embarrassing post can be copied and never truly be deleted.
Explaining and managing risks, in an accessible way, to a child may even prevent a problem arising. However, if one does, taking away a favourite app, game or device is according guilt and blame to a child who is likely to be the victim of a situation. Sure, doing so may fix the first problem but will it fix the next? Resolving a situation may require helping a child figure out what a measured solution should be.
Fostering an open dialogue means sometimes masking our adult anxieties and addressing each situation in a way that leaves the door open for children to feel comfortable for when the next problem arises.
As you mull these e-safety thoughts over, you are allowed to enjoy today’s e-safety podcast!
Yesterday’s #SID2018 tweet was estimated to reach over 9 million people online. With Safer Internet Day being observed in over a hundred countries, the positive educational message has been shared far and wide in the offline world too. In the UK over 1700 registered supporters and organisations ranged from celebrities, various industries and sports clubs through to over 800 participating schools. We were pleased to be included in the list.
In school the conversations about e-safety will continue. Through the rest of this week there are further assemblies, lessons and lunch time activities planned to engage children of all ages. We have found that social media use continues to be a hot topic. Recent research shows one in five 8 to 11 year olds and seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds have a social media profile.
Obviously, compliance to the social media age requirement depends upon individual free will. However, thirteen years old is the lowest age at which American federal law allows organisations to collect a person’s personal information. Therefore, stating that you are thirteen or older allows social media companies to store or sell your personal information. Last year a London law firm simplified Instagram’s lengthy terms and conditions to a single sheet, you can read our highlighted version here.
New social media sites spring up regularly and the Children’s Commission acknowledge that an appropriately managed social media account can be a positive experience for many children. However, it is important that children know how to keep safe with what they share and understand how to seek guidance to manage their online friendships.
On the subject of keeping safe, click here to listen to today's teacher podcast by Miss Gibbons.
Internet Safety Day Pt3
Thank you for joining us for Safer Internet Day 2018.
Recently our school Computing Curriculum Team set up a new corridor display. The children were invited to contribute suggestions and ideas about BugClub, Mathletics and e-safety. Many of the children were keen to share how their parents help keep them safe at home. If you haven't discussed this at home in a while, do take the opportunity.
We all want a safer internet for children to enjoy and learn. Last year Safer Internet Day 2017 reached an estimated 3 million school children. A follow up survey found the majority of children spoke to their families about staying safe online, while 79% felt more confident about what to do about any worries online. As a result, 1 in 4 young people said they had spoken up about something that had been worrying them.
#SID2018 is set to be the biggest campaign yet and will hopefully make a real difference to the digital lives of children in the UK. We are excited to be supporting this through lessons, assemblies and other special activities across our school.
Today's teacher podcast, about screen time, is brought to you by Mr Powell and a special guest!
Welcome to the first of our daily e-safety blogs for Safer Internet Day 2018.
One of our school values, Solidarity, means we try to support each other. Through the next few days teachers from across the school will be sharing their experiences with technology in an honest way through a podcast.
To get us started, Mr. Palser and Mr Rumble provide their enlightened insight into the world of mobile communications. Enjoy!
As we have e-safety conversations in school this week, take a look at the resources available through www.saferinternet.org.uk and join in the conversation at home too.