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Cyberbullying and Bullying
The definition of Cyberbullying is 'the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature'. As the definition suggests, Cyberbullying can take many forms. Just about any type of electronic communication can be used to bully or intimidate somebody, whether it's via texting, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, multiplayer games and so forth. Cyberbullying can have a very serious toll on the mental wellbeing of the victim, especially if the victim is young. Here are some useful links to consult for information on Cyberbullying:
Sexting & Grooming
The definition of Sexting is to 'send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone'. Sexting has become increasingly common among teenagers and even older children in recent years. The rise in young people's access to mobile devices means that there is more opportunity for them to send sexually explicit content to one another, whether it's text, images or video. The definition of Grooming is to 'prepare a child for a meeting, especially via an Internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offence'. Grooming is becoming more and more of an issue in modern life, and it is obviously one of the biggest dangers to children online. While the definition of Grooming is correct, the term Grooming no longer only applies to chat rooms, and it might not refer to a meeting either. Grooming can refer to just about any online activity where somebody (usually an adult) attempts to coerce or trick a child or someone else under the age of 18 into saying or doing something sexually explicit. It may or may not involve the perpetrator actually meeting the victim, but it is still incredibly harmful either way.
Identity Theft & Hacking
Identity Theft is where someone tricks you into giving out your personal information and hacking is when someone uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.
- Signs and the risks of identity theft in young children - http://www.cnbc.com/id/44583556#
- Video showing just how identity theft can affect - 1/10 children in America have their identity stolen online - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5aGWPRpHSI
- Article: Children at Higher Risk for Identity Theft than Adults, Study Says - http://jjie.org/children-at-higher-risk-for-identity-theft-than-adults-study-says/
- Article: Online Identity: How safe are you on the internet? - http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/aug/24/bali-rai-safety-online-identity-teenagers-amnesty-teen-takeover-2014
CEOP & Thinkuknow
The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline. The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces. Thinkuknow is an education programme of the CEOP-Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre. It provides information on how to have fun, stay in control and to report a problem. On its website there are links to educational films of hard hitting problems and how to tackle them.
Here are a few useful links and guides on how to bring internet safety, into the classroom
- Curriculum Planning & Resources - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/teachers-and-professionals/teaching-internet-safety
- Video: A primary school teacher explains online safety, privacy, and etiquette - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyypxGHdUcU
- Video: - Child Internet Safety Summit 2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6pE93BDVW4
- Education videos:
- Personal Information - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8auwnJtqE&list=PLr1mR6UrE1udKt0Vc9ytX7cV6nT6wPk0Q&index=1