Social networking, cyberbullying and internet safety were all topics covered by security expert Phil Lamb during a recent lecture to Year 7 students. His presentation included screen shots and videos highlighting typical dangers students should be aware of.
The presentation, entitled Safe and Secure Online, was developed by (ISC)2 , a professional body for information security with the support of Childnet International, a charity dedicated to making the Internet a safe and great place for children. Mr Lamb, who works for Allied Irish Bank, has delivered the lecture to local schools as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility activity.
He said that although many children are now familiar with computers, parents often lag behind in their knowledge, meaning that they cannot understand what their children are doing online and therefore don't appreciate the risks : ‘A great deal of the problem can be because some parents do not understand computers or online gaming, they just let their children get on with it. There is lots of help on websites. Thinkuknow.co.uk is absolutely brilliant as it is age specific with good advice for children, teachers and parents. Knowing the basics like installing anti-virus software and a firewall would be a good start, as well as making sure that privacy settings on software are checked , not just left on the default setting.
‘Young people should think before they post things online or accept someone as a friend on a social networking site and also consider what they are doing before they download something. They should be a bit suspicious and behave online as they would in real life. They wouldn’t give out personal information to a stranger who approached them on the street why do so online? When they are using their computer in their bedroom they feel safe in their environment but actually that laptop is a door into the rest of the world and it is potentially a nasty place out there.’