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November 30, 2009

Parents demand school lessons in online safety

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by Darren Allan

A YouGov study has shown that a majority of people believe that schools should address the issue of online safety.

69% of those surveyed said that pupils should be given lessons on how to behave safely on the Internet.

Not only are they worried about the obvious dangers, such as the rise of cyber-bullying and grooming, but also their offspring’s career prospects which might be damaged by what they get up to on social networking sites.

Almost half of parents admitted that they didn’t keep track of what their children were up to online. A worryingly high amount indeed.

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  1. There needs to dialogue between parents and their children, as well as at school, where online socialising is recognised as a social and technical skill for contemporary society. Schools as well should be looking to ways to encourage children to use the online tools at their disposal in a positive way. Unlike adults, they’re not streetwise, and they often don’t understand the threats.

    Comment by Louis Halpern — November 30, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  2. Many predators pretend to be someone they are not by creating fake profiles in social networking sites, for example.
    They also reach out to children in chat rooms through Instant Messenger and email creating a potentially dangerous relationship with them.
    Technology can help to solve in part this issue by trying to curb suspicious activities.
    Though it is not the only solution, Parental Control technology, which can add Instant Messenger filtering capabilities to give parents the power to allow or block contacts from communicating with their children.
    Here 5 tips which could be helpful for them:

    1. Keep your PC in the living room or other common area and give your child a separate, non administrative sign-on name.
    2. Surf the Web together. Ask your child to tell you about the things they do online.
    3. Watch for signs of cyberbullying, such as your child getting agitated after using the PC. Beware of your child’s behaviour not only as a victim but also as an offender.
    4. Teach your child never to click on links and attachments sent by e-mail
    5. Agree with your child on Internet rules, including how much time per day, what activities and sites are ok, and why

    Rossano Ferraris, CA ISBU Research Team – Internet Security Intelligence

    Comment by Rossano — December 1, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

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