There are basic lessons children need to learn early in life to ensure their safety. Look both ways before crossing the road. Wear seatbelts. Avoid talking to strangers. Don’t wander off alone…
As our world has continued to evolve, moving further into an era of rapidly developing technology, it’s time to highlight another safety concern, one we all know exists, yet does not always take priority when it comes to the protection of children - cyber security.
What is cyber security?
Most people have a vague idea of what cyber security is but do we realise the extent of it, and more importantly, how to prevent ourselves, and our children, from falling victim?
The Education Network defines cyber security as:
Cyber security is about protecting the devices we all use and the services we access online - both at home and work - from theft or damage.
It’s also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices and online.
Children and the internet
Did you know that children aged between 8-18 spend on average, 7 hours and 30 minutes per day
If a child sleeps 8 hours per night, that means ONE HALF of the time that he or she is awake is spent on a device.
Given that children are often less aware of certain dangers online, it’s not surprising that they are often an easy target for issues such as:
– Cyber Predators
– Cyber Bullying
– Identity Theft
Cyber Tips for Kids
As adults, most of us know the risks online and use the internet safely to go about our day-to-day business. But do we speak to children enough about online dangers?
Here are some top tips to generate a discussion around online safety with your child.
Useful websites for you and your child to explore the world of online safety:
Written by: Robert Macdonald, Year 6 Teacher, RBIS International School