Digital Leaders Take on the Cyber Challenge 2021
A big well done to our Digital Leaders who have been taking on the Cyber Challenge 2021. The leaders received recognition for taking part, along with the chance to win some prizes, but best of all will have their E-Safety tips published for Safer Internet Day!
Below is the Digital Leaders article:
Digital Leaders: Safer Internet Day & Esafety in Covid lockdown.
The COVID-19 virus has impacted all aspects of our lives. With schools closed, and lockdowns imposed, many children and young people are spending all their time at home. Much of that time may be online. Being able to connect online provides valuable opportunities to learn, play and socialise with friends and peers and access information and is therefore extremely important for children and young people. However, spending time online, what some call ‘screen time’, comes with risks
As children are spending more time online – and expanding the ways they use the internet to include completing work (remote learning), joining online communities, gaming, social media, or using video-calling platforms. While all this can bring benefits, children can be exposed to many online risks.
Some of these risks include:
- Online abuse: Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the internet, facilitated through technology like computers, tablets, mobile phones and other internet-enabled devices that allows digital communication, such as social networks, text messages and messaging apps, email and private messaging, online chats, comments on live streaming sites, voice chat in online gaming.
- Cyberbullying: Receiving or being the subject of mean comments, messages and posts. Resulting in being left out of groups online. This can increase stress and feelings of isolation. The effects of which can include, depression, anger, isolation, humiliation and illness.
- Sexual exploitation: Child sexual exploitation is a type of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage, manipulates or deceives a child into sexual activity, it can happen online, young people may be persuaded or forced to: have sexual conversations or post sexually explicit images of themselves, or take part in sexual activities in person or via a webcam or smartphone.
- Grooming: When someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them. They might be old, or young, and can be male or female. Children and young people can be groomed by a stranger or by someone they know.
- Radicalisation: Where children can be exposed to different views, some of these views may be considered radical or extreme. It is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism. Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Privacy risks: Many of the apps, including those that schools may ask your child to use, may pose privacy risks to users, and may result in their data being compromised, or personal details and information being misused.
- Potentially harmful content: This includes accessing, being sent and sharing harmful content such as: incitement to suicide and self-harm; violent or xenophobic content; and marketing that is not appropriate for children. be exposed to misinformation about COVID-19 that may make them more fearful, anxious and confused about their world.
E-Safety Tips from the Digital-Leaders:
- Don't share personal information.
- Don't post material that can make you a target.
- Don't respond to any form of cyberbullying.
- Don't be an accomplice to any form of online bullying
- Protect your privacy and online security
- Keep an eye on your permissions & privacy settings
- Only connect & share with people that you know in real life.
- Be careful before you click – Never click suspicious links.
- Set strong passwords & never share passwords.
- Don’t meet in person with someone you met online.
- Make sure location sharing settings are switched off
- Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know.
- If you are being bullied, tell an adult immediately.
- If something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable, report it.
- Take breaks from screen use and limit the time spent online.