This video was originally created to support PINK SHIRT DAY and to spread awareness of how anyone can become a cyberbully.
It’s all about attitude and awareness, people!
Are the commercials at the edges of your web pages stalking you? Have you noticed after sending an email to a friend telling them about the fun you had in Fiji, the display ads try to tempt you away again? Maybe Facebook is trying to sell you a new brand of coffee and YouTube is recommending more cat videos. You may be suffering from Ad Tracking!
Through cookies in your browser, marketing companies can watch what you do online then manage your web experience to match what you’ve looked for or talked about in the past. This means the sites and their advertisers are learning more about you so they can tailor ads, articles, and search term suggestions.
You may not think this is a bad thing, after all they only know your consumer details, not your personal identity but as LifeHacker online magazine points out, there are unanswered questions about the data that’s being grabbed by ad firms:
You can limit the amount of info these sites can collect by enabling Do Not Track features on browsers and some social media sites. If you would like to learn how to enable Do Not Track on your computer, go to the Life Hacker article and for instructions on Limiting Ad Tracking on the iPad, go to the Apple Support Community.
Every year the Federal Government holds Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety (YAG) online consultations. Last year and again this year, students at VSC participated in the consultations. The forums finished at the end of June and the contributions have be analysed to identify emerging cybersafety issues according young people. It also aimed to capture advice for how to help prevent or address these issues.
Some of the issues identified by the YAG included:
VSC now has their own Youth Advisory Group for Digital Citizenship and will be looking at these results as they prepare to launch their first school-wide campaign. So watch this space!
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development hopes to help parents better understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behavours with their new interactive program on the BullyStoppers website.
This short interactive was developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist.
As parents it is our responsibility to sit down with our children and have ‘The Sex Talk”. We do it because we want them to make choices that won’t damage their lives or their future. But how many of us sit down and have “The Online Privacy Talk”?
Just like sex, privacy is an issue for young people. They often don’t have the facts, don’t understand the consequences of their choices and don’t want to talk to their parents about it. In fact, its often their parents they want to keep their online activities private from!
So as a parent how do you start the conversation about online privacy? What is the right thing to say/do/advise? It’s important to open the conversation with your child and work to keep it going.
ThinkUKnow advises that first you discuss with your child what information you need as a parent to help keep them safe and what you don’t. This will help everyone involved to establish and maintain boundaries (unlike the mother in the video showing above!)
ThinkUKnow also recommends that it is never too early to talk to your child about privacy management. Once something is online it may be out there forever! Why not start with a family privacy audit? You can ‘Google Search” everyone in the family to learn what information already exists about them online. Next, you could talk about what kind of impressions people might get from the results of your search. This impression is called a ‘digital footprint‘ and employers, tertiary schools and organisations frequently search online as a check.
Starting the conversation is an important first step that will help you support your child as they learn to manage their digital information and privacy.
It’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence this Friday (March 15th). This annual day provides a focus for schools who want to say Bullying. No Way! and to strengthen their everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.
This year, the Library has plans afoot to continue raising awareness of the effects on bullying and peer aggression and ways of dealing with issues (both online and in real life) throughout the following week.
February 5th is Safer Internet Day! What better way to start off the school year than by thinking about how we, as students, parents and educators, can continue to be safe and responsible online citizens. This year’s theme is “Connect with Respect” and focuses on our digital rights and responsibilities.
Share some of the snappy new videos on the CyberSmart YouTube Channel with your students or children. Engage with some of the lesson plans available at SID2013 that look specifically at rights and responsibilities. Raise awareness generally by hanging up some of the posters available at: SID 2013. This year CyberSmart is also holding a live online radio event. You can check here for details.
Safer Internet Day is a global campaign with events sponsored in Australia on the CyberSmart site (run by ACMA – Australia Communications and Media Authority). If you haven’t visited CyberSmart before or not for a while, you’ll be impressed and educated by the wealth of information on this site. Why not check out what’s happening in other countries too by visiting the inSafe site.