Students, parents and teachers participated in very informative and eye-opening cyber safety workshops in June, as a result of Woodlands Primary School successfully winning a cyber safety grant.
These workshops were run by Jordan Foster, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Ysafe. They were filled with valuable and myth-breaking information and useful strategies and tips were shared with parents on how they could keep their children safe online.
Below are some of the notes from Jordan Foster which were shared with parents and teachers.
ABC Model of Cyber Safety Management
Every cyber issue can be effectively addressed by doing at least one of these things, or all three. The model is:
Blocking Social Media Access - Parental Control Tools
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1. Load YouTube
2. Scroll to the very bottom of the page. You'll see a button that says 'Restricted Mode: Off'. Click on this and turn it on.
3. Jordan also suggests locking this so your kids can't change it without entering a password. Click 'Lock Restricted Mode on This Browser'.
PLEASE NOTE: You'll need to follow each of these steps for every browser on your computer (ie. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc).
You'll also need to do this on as many computers as you have. If you have a parental control tool, it will automatically turn on restricted searches, depending on the age of your child.
On the YouTube app:
1. Open the YouTube app
2. In the top right hand corner, click on the circle next to the magnifying glass.
3. Click 'Settings'
4. Click 'Restricted Mode Filtering' and click 'Strict'
Setting Up Google Safe Searches on computers/laptops:
On Google Chrome:
1. Search for something generic (the search doesn't matter, you just want the search page to come up)
2. Under the toolbar, click the 'Settings' button
3. Click on 'Turn on SafeSearch'
1. Open Google app
2. In the top left hand corner, click on name/email address that is signed in
3. Scroll down and click 'Search Settings'
4. Click 'Filter Explicit Results'
1. Open Safari and go to Google.com
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Settings'
3. Click 'Search Settings'
4. Click 'Filter Explicit Results'
The latest update of SnapChat now allows the app to track your child's location, marking their location on a map for other users to see. In the photo attached below, you can see Jordan's exact location of where she was earlier that day. The map will provide live updates of your child's current location as they move.
The scariest aspect of this, is that in the photo you can see Jordan was at a shopping centre. However, if Jordan was at home when she took this screenshot, you would be able to see not only her specific position marked on her street , but an exact aerial PHOTO of her house. This information is public and can be seen by others. Unfortunately, the map is extremely accurate too. Obviously, this is extremely dangerous and needs to be disabled as soon as possible.
To help you turn this dangerous feature off, here are Jordan's step-by-step instructions (with pictures):
1. Open the SnapChat app on your child's device.
2. The app will open on the camera screen. Use your finger to scroll down. This screen below will appear. In the top right hand corner, click on the 'Settings' button (the gear icon).
3. Scroll down through the settings and under the 'Who can..' section, click on 'See my location'.
4. Turn on 'Ghost Mode',
Jordan Foster's Contact Details
Psychologist | Director
Safety Tips and Advice - How to Recognise Online Predators
Young people can spend hours online chatting with friends. Sometimes these friendships can build into, what they think they are "relationships'. They can get caught up in something dangerous when their online buddy turns into their 'best' friend/girlfriend/boyfriend.
The Sex Crime Division of the WA Police force have put together an information sheet for how you can recognise online predators
You can also access an example family online safety contract here.
Click here to download a handy parent's guide with everything you need to know about the game Fortnite, and what you need to do to keep your kids safe online.