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Report on Livestreaming
 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

 


The internet has evolved so much since its creation that combined with new technology many things have become much more easier in life. If you are lost then you can look at Google maps, if you are hungry you can now order by tapping a button on Just Eat and if you want to speak to someone abroad you can do it for free via Skype.
 
However, the internet can also be a dangerous place, especially to children, who may not understand how certain parts of the internet work, just like the ever-increasing world of livestreaming.
 
A report by the child charity, Childnet, has produced a report following their survey from children aged 8-17 years old about livestreaming. Livestreaming is when a user can 'Go live' to just their friends or can make it open to public viewing. 33% percent of 8-17 year old said that they had livestreamed before, whilst 1 in 10 of the children told Childnet that they had livestreamed in the last day.

Here are some of the key findings that Childnet has from their survey:
  • Watching Livestreams: YouTube Live is the most popular service for watching others livestream, with 44% of 8-17 year olds using this. 
 
  • Going Live: Instagram Live is the most popular service that children use to ‘go live’ themselves, with 11% of 8-17 year olds saying they had done this on Instagram, with the second most popular service - Facebook Live - being used by 9% of 8-17 year olds. 
 
  • Teens more prolific users: Almost half of teens aged 13-17 years have watched livestreams on YouTube (47%), compared to around a third (32%) of 8-12 year olds. Meanwhile, 1 in 8 teens have broadcast live on Instagram (12%), and 1 in 10 have done so on Facebook (10%). In comparison around 1 in 15 children aged 8-12 years have used Instagram (7%) and Facebook (7%) to go live.
If you're going to watch a livestream then remember that you won't know exactly what will happen in the stream as it is live and therefore there won't be any filters on the video, such as foul language that could be used.

Secondly, if you decide to livestream then make sure you don't disclose personal information if your video is public and make sure that you choose who you share your stream to carefully.

Welcome to this page, designed to give you some pointers on using technology safely. Included below is the draft school e-Safety policy, an agreement for you to read through about your own child/children's use of the internet, as well as some potentially useful links to websites that discuss Online Safety issues. More will be added as the term progresses so please keep an eye out for new documents and links.

Please find below a link to an advice site called ‘netaware’ which provides information about social media sites and highlights potential dangers.  If internet safety is an issue that you are worried about please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will do all we can to support you.

Net-aware

Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world. This site allows you to click on and understand the issues and possible dangers that your child might face if using a particular site.  Just put the name of the site your child is accessing into the search engine and click to see advice about the site, and what you can do to make your child’s use of the site safer.

www.net-aware.org.uk/

This article may be helpful if your child enjoys playing gaming sites, especially Minecraft.
Staying safe on Minecraft | ParentInfo

http://parentinfo.org/article/staying-safe-on-minecraft

Squirrels Heath Infant School 2016 Safer Internet Day Certificate

Online Safety Information for Parents

As computer and other communications technologies have developed, new dangers have emerged for all those who use them. 

Schools have a duty of care towards their pupils, above all to enable them to use the internet and other communication technologies safely

The steps we take:

  • we keep abreast of the latest developments
  • we have an appropriate Acceptable Internet Use Policy in place, linked to other school policies
  • our high-speed broadband connection is to the LGFL portal, a London wide organisation which provides secure e-mail and web filtering facilities, see their Online safety pages Here
  • staff are kept informed of new developments in technology
  • pupils are regularly reminded of the rules regarding internet use, sanctions are explained and used consistently when necessary
  • children are taught to use the web safely
  • children are not allowed use of mobile phones in school
  • children are not allowed to access chat rooms, message boards, messenger services or other 'social networking' websites in school
  • children are only allowed access to websites under direct teacher supervision

 

Other aspects of Online safety

Apart from the obvious threats to personal safety the internet involves other difficulties and dangers which the school also seeks to address through lessons on:

copyright, acknowledgement of sources, assessing the usefulness of websites, assessing the reliability of information on the internet, the importance of cross-checking, verification and comparison of information, the dangers of viruses and other downloadable threats, the importance of responsible use of passwords etc.

Guidance

We have used the following source in our work on Online safety:

CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

We also looked at the advice from Childnet international, a major international body concerned with child safety and the internet.

Other bodies providing advice,  additional information, guidance and activities for children:

The Prevent Strategy - An inportant read for all parents

How to childproof your iPad or Android tablet

ConnectedRogers.ca Editor-in-Chief Derek Malcolm demonstrates how you can childproof your tablet. Set restrictions and control what content your kids can access with these easy-to-follow tips.


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