Parents less aware of impact of trolls* in online gaming According to Canadian statistics, Canadian girls grades 4-11 face stricter rules about their online activities than boys do. At the same time, boys (60%) are more likely than girls (27%) to access the internet through gaming platforms. (Reference) While it is true that online environments in general ARE more hostile to girls and women (Wikipedia) and that may justify having stricter rules for girls, SafeOnline advocates paying more attention to what the boys are doing online and applying the same level of boundaries for boys as girls. Boys require as much support, education and protection about online safety as our girls. Because boys are more likely to access the internet through a gaming platform, they may be less supervised. This means parents and caregivers are less aware of the recreational trolling (Wikipedia) and unhealthy culture (Time) their boys are exposed to while gaming. While your daughter may pop up in your Facebook feed or come to you to talk about online drama, boys are less likely to consult with an adult when they are distressed about online abuse. Online gaming does not appear to be on parents' and educators' radar as much as social media. Did You Know? There are YouTube channels that feature trolling videos to watch other people tease, torment and taunt other players in games? Much of trolling happens to children playing games that are rated well above their actual age—the most notorious places to be trolled include 17+ games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. Many social media companies are working on technological solutions to trolling. *In internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows [...]
By its very nature, adolescent development includes elements of peer negotiation, identity construction, and sexual experimentation (including gender roles and exhibitionism). It’s the learning process required by young people to function as members of our culture. In other words, they have to figure out who they want to hang out with, how they want to act and think of themselves as social and sexual persons, and they have to try out boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
This has long been the approach of Safe Online where we appraoch the Internet and Internet Safety from a place of possibility and positivity rather than negativity and scare tactics. Heres a great article from the Independant.ie that delves a little deeper. Parents should try to encourage conversations about what sites and apps their children access and who they're connecting with. This dialogue is essential to keeping our kids safe online. We need a more balanced and less fear-based approach to internet safety, writes Dr. Rachel O'Connell. - Read the full article
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According to Jim Gibson of the Victoria Times, cyber-bullying is in deed on the rise. In a recent article Jim sites the New York's Mediamark Research and Intelligence (media-mark.com) which reported cellphone use by children has increased by 68 per cent since 2005. An estimated 36.1 per cent of 10-and 11-year-olds have cellphones. Most use them for basic communication tasks, such as calling parents (88.1 per cent), calling friends (68.1 per cent), emergency purposes (55.7 per cent) and text messaging (54.1 per cent). Technology has changed the way kids interact. Today's children are far more electronically connected -- and computer savvy than their parents, Laur says. To read the full article click the link provided here http://www.canada.com/life/Cyber+bullying+rise/2915031/story.html To book a classroom or parent or teach presentation click the green button to your right >>>>
Last Friday, TELUS launched an ambitious education initiative aimed at parents and students. I was happy to attend and meet with the movers and shakers behind this great project and applaud their support for internet safety education. Strathcona Elementary School accepts donations from TELUS I also wrote a blog post about this initiative and the anniversary of Amanda Todd's death here.
Unfortunately in our rush to respond to the horrific examples of online extortion, sexual exploitation and criminal harassment that a few have endured, we have raised awareness without balance.