There has been a lot of focus on e-safety this past week, being that e-safety day was on the 6th February.
Naively e-safety to me meant not talking to strangers online but there is to it. Who knew? I will tell you who. My 7 year old. Here are her tips.
1. Don’t give out personal details online use a pretend name, not your real name.
2. Protect your accounts so don’t share passwords etc.
3. Report and block people who have inappropriate names. E.g (swear words)
4. If you see something you don’t like on your computer or ipad don’t turn it off. Tell an adult so that they block it or it may appear again.
I love her advice. She is more clued up than I could have hoped for.
She was given advice at school which was to not talk to strangers within the chat facilities on games such as Roblox. I asked her if she did, she said “yes I do”.
I asked why.
She said “Say Hi to me.”
So I did and she turned her back and ignored me. I repeated this a few more times she continued to ignore me.
She then said. “Mum, can you see why I can’t ignore people. It’s rude!, I won’t do that. If someone says hi. I will say hi back”.
I couldn’t argue with that.
We then had a discussion about what could be deemed as inappropriate and she told me she had already reported people with swear words as their user name and if someone said anything bad to her directly she’d show me. On occasion she has brought things to my attention but it’s things like “Mum, someone said I look ugly”
Bear in mind they don’t know what she looks like they were refering to her avatar. That’s about as serious as it’s got so far.
No environment is 100% safe but it’s how you act in the situation that determines whether it becomes a danger or not.
Roblox is most popular for 5-10 year olds. My daughter isn’t going to have the opportunity to meet anyone she speaks to online. She’s 7 she can’t go anywhere. I get that as she gets older the risks change and that’s when we will have a different conversation. After a conversation with a friend today. If it wasn’t for her intervention her grandfather’s bank account was moments away from being cleaned out by fraudsters on the phone. It’s really isn’t just young people who need to be educated on the risks and being safe online.
2 broke mums top 5 tips
1. Educate. Trust your children to make the right choices. This comes from educating them first in how to operate safely online.
2. Ask! You may well be surprised. Find out what they already know and what online safety means to them.
3. Check up on them. Let them use their gadgets freely within set boundaries and check they are adhereing to this by looking what they are doing online.
5. Speak to other parents. Educate yourself find out what their friends are doing. Get their peers user names and add them as friends that way you know that their online friends are people they know in the real world.
5. Say No! As a parent you know your children better than anyone. You know weather or not they have the maturity to be online unsupervised or not. If they really aren’t mature enough just ensure you supervise all online activities.
There are some great links below in regards to e-safety for young people of all ages.