E-Safety Week ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better Internet’ starts on 20 February 2017.
The internet is so integral of our children’s lives, I know Little Mister is a demon on Deezer and Mademoiselle is always using the internet for her homework. But how they view it may be different to how we do.
This is a really interesting, short video from UK Safer Internet Centre and if you have kids I urge you to watch it.
It shows 7-11 year olds looking at photos and their reactions and emotions to them – children really do think differently to us! It goes to show there’s more to a picture than meets the eye:
E-Safety week is encouraging us parents to think about how we allow our children to use the internet. And, if we want them to change then we have to BE that change.
It’s based on the findings fromUK Safer Internet Centre which highlights that the majority of children (84%) aged 8-17 have shared a photo online, with 1 in 6 doing so in the last hour.
Also, that 4 in 5 young people have been inspired by an online image or video to take positive action, but more than 1 in 5 have been bullied with images or videos online, and 70% have seen images and videos not suitable for their age. I know Mademoiselle has seen music videos which I certainly don’t approve of, but have been passed around by her peers or older siblings! If you’re not with them 24/7 it’s so difficult to police.
But there are thing we, as parents, an do:
1 Be engaged
Talk regularly with your children about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including how they communicate using images and videos. Perhaps you can start off by discussing your favourite emojis?
2 Be curious:
technology continually changes, and while you don’t need to be a tech expert, you do need to be curious about the apps and services your children use, how they are used and what safety tools they have available.
3 Be there:
the most important thing is to ensure that you are there if something goes wrong. Your child might be very embarrassed to discuss the issue they are facing so reassure them that they can turn to you no matter what.
4 Be Detective
The internet is full of brilliant things to watch, explore and learn from but not everything or everyone online can be trusted. Think carefully by checking at least three different websites for your information and talking to someone about what you have seen to see if they agree.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.