In this week’s session, we learnt about the dangers that children can face when using the internet.
One of the most important aspects of online safety to be aware of is Cyber-Bullying. We learnt in class that Cyber-Bullying can be defined as: ‘the use of digital media tools, such as the Internet and cell phones, to deliberately and repeatedly hurt, harass, or embarrass someone else.’
This type of bullying can come in many forms, such as:
Threats – This can happen through social media, mobile phones or emails.
Peer-Rejection – This is where a group is made in order to ‘single out’ an individual on purpose.
Stalking – In which a person purposefully and repeatedly monitors an individuals personal information.
Identity Theft – The act of hacking into someone’s account by accessing their username and password to collect personal information about the person.
Each year, schools support ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ which highlights the importance of recognising the danger of physical, emotional and cyber bullying. Teachers give children guidance on how to be safe online and that speaking to an adult is always helpful when experiencing bullying.
KidSmart is a great website for children to use and provides them with information on how to share files safely, social networking and safe searching. http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Thanks for reading,