CyberSafeIreland Talk in Willow Park

CyberSafeIreland Talk in Willow Park
CyberSafeIreland Talk in Willow Park

On Thursday 30th January, Aoife Keogh from CyberSafeIreland gave a presentation to mainly parents of boys aged 8-13. The boys were surveyed over the last few days and the results were shared with parents.

One the key results to come out of this survey was that most of the boys have seen content they are not comfortable with on social media, the Internet or in games. However, they are very reluctant to tell an adult as they fear that the this may result in a complete ban from their device. Aoife stressed that it is so important to keep lines of communication open with your children when they are starting to engage in online activity.

The statistics below from the CyberSafeIreland Annual Report based on responses from 5,000 children, highlights their online activity.

For more statistics on how our youth are consuming Digital Media click here

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It is important to be cognizant of the fact that there are laws around each social media provider and there is an legal age that they are allowed to create a profile on the Apps. Sadly, most of the social media companies don't do much to ensure that correct dates of birth or correct age groups are setting up profiles.

However, CyberSafeIreland is working hard with the EU to ensure that these tech giants are accountable. Another worrying fact is that when a child sets up a social media profile it is automatically set as Public, this means that the content your child is posting is available for everyone to see. While Instagram have made some strides in the protection of mental health on the platform by removing the amount of likes on a post, the social media giants still have a long way to go.

When it is detected that a young person's profile is set up their account is targeted by advertising (based on a person's profile ads will be served to their feed) so for example a profile of a boy of 13 years of age may be served/pushed advertising for pornography. Another common area to look out for is 'friend requests' from bogus profiles or people your child doesn't know, often this is done by an adult with the intention to groom a child online. Even if a profile is set up as private it is important to tell your child to be mindful of how much information they share in their Bio, as they can put a lot of information here, which gives advertisers a lot of data.

Learn how to protect your child online by viewing how to set up the correct PRIVACY SETTINGS

Here are some top tips for parents to help have a healthy relationship with technology in their home.

  1. Introduce technology slowly
  2. Do your research
  3. Agree rules and sit down together to set privacy settings
  4. Keep an eye on what they are seeing, hearing and saying online, friends lists, privacy settings etc.
  5. Have regular conversations, including what to do when things go wrong
  6. Agree time limits and tech free time and model this behaviour

Most popular Apps from the CyberSafeIreland Annual Report in 2018 and an update from January 2019.

Top 10 Apps (Annual Report, 2018)

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Top Five Apps (updated, January, 2019)

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