Digital Safety

 

kiranmai-pratapaE-Safety at home

E-Safety : E-safety is a term which applies, not only the internet, but to other ways in which people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones.  It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported, to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies, without risk to themselves or others.

The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect young people from the adverse consequences of access or use of electronic media, including from bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation.

 

Do’s and Don’ts for an e-safe environment for parents.

Billions of successful and positive uses of the internet happen every minute of every day.

Children need to understand why something is not safe…it is no good just blocking it… they will find a way! We at Sreenidhi have an Acceptable Use policy. You might consider having one at home too. It will need to change over time, but the good practices taught in school apply to the home too.

Acceptable Use Rules at Home? Yes, why not? Schools and businesses have them for all users. What you allow and what you don’t is up to you, and it will need to develop over time. E-safety is never something that you can tick the box and say “Done!” And the big one…What To do if something happens? The short answer is that you need to assess the situation, and to involve your child in the response. If you consider it necessary to report it to the authorities, your child needs to know why this is important and that they will be supported. It is, thankfully, unlikely you will ever find yourself in this position. Talking about the internet, email, instant messaging and social networking regularly will considerably minimize the risk.

Having an e-safe environment is not as daunting as it may seem. Although the opportunities for connecting with others using technology is vast, and growing all the time, parents, caregivers and other responsible adults can make the environment safe with these five Do’s and Dont’s .

  • Do have your computer(s) in a public place whenever possible. There may be a good reason why a young person wants a computer in their bedroom or another private area, in which case you should agree on an “Acceptable Use Policy.”
  • Don’t assume that asking children to show you what they do online or setting up monitoring software or generating usage reports is spying. You have a right, some may say a responsibility to know what is coming into your home through the internet. It is your connection after all. When you ask a child to show you around a website they like, or their social networking site, note where they don’t click as well as where they do.
  • Do limit the time young people can spend online. Research indicates that some children can get addicted to internet gaming, or other online activities. Setting up a user account for your child is quite straight forward and when you do that, you can limit when their internet browser will work.
  • Don’t assume that, just because you may have a “walled garden” internet service provider (as school does) that the children you care for cannot find a way round it! Children are naturally inquisitive and the quickest way to make them want to go somewhere they shouldn’t is to block it. They will find a way. It is far better to explain to them why something is not good for them in a way that they will understand.
  • Do (and this can be tricky) always remember that the advantages in living and working (and playing) in a connected world far outweigh the disadvantages.
  • Don’t let yourself be swayed by pressure to allow children to have something that they should not have. There is enormous pressure out there to have one particular Social Networking site that has an age limit of 13. This limit is there for a reason. There are social networking sites specifically for younger children.
  • Do talk about e-safety in the home, and talk about it often. Talking about it is the best way possible to ensure everyone knows what is expected, and to keep everyone safe.
  • Don’t assume that it is easy for children to tell you if they have seen something online that has upset them or made them feel uncomfortable. Put yourself in their place. How easy is it for a child of 11 to tell even a mom or dad that they have seen a sexually explicit image or website. This is not an easy thing at all and research indicates that less than 50% of children seeing such images or content tell anyone about it.
  • Do make use of the tools built into your internet browser. They allow you to change the settings and block violent or vulgar content.

Internet Safety for Students

  • Spend time having fun with your parents online and helping them understand technology!
  • Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps.
  • Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
  • Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
  • Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
  • NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
  • If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
  • Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
  • If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.
  • Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt your computer or mobile device or jeopardize your family’s privacy.
  • Be a good online citizen and not do anything that harms other people or is against the law.
  • Talk with your parents so that you can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. Decide upon the time of day that you can be online, the length of time you can be online and appropriate areas for you to visit. Do not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship, digital wellness or digital ethics are the same; how we should act when we are online. Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know in order to use technology appropriately. Digital citizenship are the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use.  Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing technology and not sure of what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

Cyberbullying

The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone. Bullying which is carried out through a social networking site and text messaging technology.

Digital copyright

Material on the internet is protected by copyright. The material that comprises a website will be protected by copyright and various pieces of content may be owned by different people. Copyright is the legal right of the authors to prohibit others from copying their work. Copyright protects the ideas and hard work of creative people.

Copyright laws:

  • Copyright gives the creator the right to reproduce, distribute, perform and display his/her work.
  • Copyright protection protects the creator from others stealing ideas as their own .

Acknowledgment:

http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/

http://www.nationalcac.org/prevention/internet-safety-kids.htmln

http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/  

http://www.slideshare.net/sappingtonkr/02-legal-ethical-and-social-issues-in-educational-computing

http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/

http://www.thestleonardsacademy.org.uk/docs/esafety/e-safety_5_dos_and_donts_for_an_esafe_environment.pdf

Kiranmai.P

ICT Facilitator-PYP

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