This week all girls have been thinking about aspects of online safety in their IT lessons.
I have done my best to trick the older girls into giving away information, which they should know needs to be kept private, by sending them a phishing email. “Phishing” is a form of Internet fraud where criminals aim to steal valuable information such as credit cards, social security numbers, user IDs and passwords. Like me, these criminals send official looking communications which urge swift action and threaten sanctions if the instructions are not followed. They often contain links that direct you to a false website so that they can collect your information. I’m pleased to say that my pupils, your daughters, quickly began to question why the information was needed and many declined to complete the requested tasks. Some, however, divulged more than they should have and let’s hope that that is a lesson well-learned.
The younger girls have been discussing exactly what constitutes personal information and the steps we must take to protect it. We have contrasted what we might do in the virtual world quite readily with how loathe we would be to do similar things in the real world. They have been urged to check all privacy settings and to be sure not to leave the “front door” wide open.
Last week I attended the Parent Zone’s Digital Families conference where the results of some very recent research were published. Some important findings I noticed were that 73.6% of parents feel that their children spend too much time on the Internet and 31.3% think their children put too much information online. Click the link below to read the full report yourself and do get in touch with me if you have any concerns about staying safe online.