Primary students, secondary students, teachers and parents were given separate sessions in an opportunity to listen to Greg Gebhart from Cyber Smart. His presentations were filled with information, advice and case studies, tailored to the different audiences and had a powerful impact on all sectors in his quest for us to become cybersmart.
Children and teenagers are forging ahead using apps for social networking that many adults have not heard of. However, it was reassuring to learn that the majority of children and young people are not engaged in risky behaviour.
Exposure doesn’t always mean harm – it is simply part of a learning experience.
Following are my notes taken from several of the presentations.
Apps that students of all ages are using in 2014:-
- Facebook: (age 13+) – there is shift away from Facebook by students as grandparents are increasingly using FB.
- Instagram (age 13+) an app or site to share photos (like an online photo album) Can customize and choose private and public. If public then google images will add it to their site
- Kik (17+) is instant messaging, photo sharing and audio. You don’t have to have a mobile phone as it can put on ipod, iPad etc and send msgs to a mobile phone free of charge. 30-40% of primary kids in primary school use it. Generally 85% of kids in secondary school. Great care required : cannot hide profile, set privacy settings. It is a legal site to trade and share pornography. Cannot block others. Most kids in kik will have a sex offender contact them at some stage. Approx. 40% of primary kids in our school with kik said they had been contacted.
- Youtube is still very popular – but as kids like to make their own videos they are moving out to vine.
- Vine – Most people watch 30-60 secs of a video and if they don’t like it, get out and don’t add a “like” to the video. But vine is only 6 secs in length – can get thousands more likes than FB on vine. Behaviours of risk is becoming noticeable.
- Tumblr (blogging and sharing) was 2nd most popular site last year but is now 50th
- ask.fm is question and answer social media networking site where you can ask a question and then get an answer. Cannot increase privacy settings as on facebook and twitter. See 10 facts parents should know about ask.fm
- qooh.me is a social site that allows people who find you interesting to ask you anonymous questions so they can know you better. About quooh.me from cybersmart
- Snapchat is photo sharing site – go from device to device but self destructs after a short time. Popular because photos are not stored on device. But girls use it for naked photos and selfies Snapchat alerts you a copy has been made with screen capture. But copies can be made with other apps eg snap-hack pro, snapcapture etc
- Increase in using apple products – students are making folder called school work and hiding stuff from parents and teachers in the school work folder. Growth in calculators – CI calculator or my calculator. If type up 4 digit code you got when set it up, you can store photos in private folder.
- Pen in pocket has high definition camera and used to video teacher. Now internet watches – called iTime, Samsung, pebble. Can do kik, Instagram on phone via watches. New Samsung is third update, has high definition camera as well
- Wearable devices – mini computer. Can plug into phone – records steps each day, records sleep pattern
Customize protection and security settings
- Stranger – danger enablers – Students often go with default settings and don’t privatise that. Use skype – change settings to automatically receive video and share screens with “only people in my contact list”
- Hashtags in Instagram – keep settings tight. Take care with hashtags as this makes the images public. Most popular hashtag is #love. It this is used on photo goes to the biggest photo album in the world. It is the type of photos hashtagged that is the issue
- Location services – turn off GPS tracking in photos (camera), Instagram and FB
- Lock sites down as much as possible. Customise privacy settings>report and block. Students are good at screen captures. Most modern mobile phones can block individual numbers or random numbers. HTC and Samsung – can disable phones during night time so children do not receive phone calls at night.
- The ACMA cybersafety website has a support button to a kids helpline . It also has a chat box. Make sure students know the number
Modelling the behaviours
- Turn ipad off
- Follow policy relating to parent/student connections. Lock down your photos. Ensure any posts align with high ethical standards – so even if locked down it can become public
- Avoid taking pics of students on personal devices
- Seek advice before responding to defamatory material
- First Australian Twitter case re defamation
- Newsletter articles
- Cybersmart blog for parents
- Q and A for parents
- 9 page booklet on what is currently happening on soial media
- Videos for parents – selfies and someone elsies; tott, teens and in betweens; tagging and
- Free lesson plans, multimedia applications
- twitter – @CybersmartACMA