Did you know...?
- Regulations regarding use of images
- Who should be able to see what?
- Password security
- Freedom of expression
- Tips for better Internet safety
- Social networking sites are good
- What does the fox say?
- Sold the horse and kept the money
- “Am I pretty or ugly?”
- The rules for Internet and mobile phone use vary greatly from school to school and family to family. - Is it important to have rules for Internet and mobile phone use at home and at school? Why/why not? - Discuss this in groups and make up new rules, the way you think they should be. - Should the rules be the same at home and at school or should the rules be different? - Discuss the rules with your teacher or parents.
- In many situations on the Internet you can use a nickname instead of your full name. - How many in the class have online profiles where you use your own name and how many have profiles where you use a nickname? - Discuss the consequences of having a nickname. - Do you think you behave differently when you use a nickname than you do if you write something under your full name? Why/why not? - In what situations might it be better to use a nickname and in what situations might it be better to use your full name?
- For those of you who are members of a social networking site, it is important to know how you safeguard your information. - Split into groups and check what information is visible about the pupils who belong to a social networking site. What can others see? - Find the privacy settings and check if they are configured the way you would like them to be.
- If photos are taken of students in school, leisure schemes or various spare time activities, permission must first be obtained from the parents or carers. The parents or carers also need to be informed what the photos are going to be used for, so that they know what they are saying yes to. - Does your school take photos of its pupils? - If so, how are they used (on the school's website, in brochures, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.)? - Check whether the school has received written consent for this from the parents or carers. - Do the adults also ask those being photographed whether they think it is OK? - Find out what rules apply in this regard and inform your school management if the school is not following the rules. Also be open to discussing what you think the rules around this should be.
- Some people think that children should not belong to social networking sites. - What do you think? - What are the advantages of belonging to a social networking site? - Are there any disadvantages? - Should an age limit apply to social networking sites and why? - Some large social networking sites apply an age limit of 13. What do you think about this?
- You are responsible for the information you share or post online. - Have you ever regretted something you shared or posted online about yourself or someone else? - Why did you regret it? - Have you ever experienced a situation where someone else shared or posted something about you that you didn't like? What did you do?
- Some websites apply age limits for people who wish to set up a profile. - Find out what the age limit is on the websites you use. - Why do you think they have these age limits? - The age limits that apply in the cinema are usually respected. Do you have the same respect for age limits on the Internet? Why/why not?
- On the Internet you can write things using your own name or a nickname. That also applies to the people you meet on the Internet. - Have you ever had contact with someone you didn't know on the Internet? - Do you think it is OK to send pictures and other personal information to unknown people you meet on the Internet? - What could the problems be?
- Freedom of speech is an important right. - What does it mean? - Why is it important? - What do you think it would be like to live in a country that doesn't allow freedom of speech?
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Article 13: All children have the right to express themselves freely. That means that they have right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally or in writing.
But freedom of speech does not mean that anything is allowed. There are many restrictions. For example you have to consider rights and reputation of other people.
It is easy to be social on the Internet. You can chat, play games and read. You can share pictures and videos with others and comment and like your friends' content. When you set up a user account on a social networking site, it is a good idea to check if they apply an age limit and what settings you can select for your profile. Do you want your parents, neighbours and friends to see everything you post? You decide whether you want an open or restricted profile and who you want to allow access to your content.