Internet Safety Talks for Kids ages 2nd - 4th Class (Age 6-9) | Be Secure Online

 

Internet Safety Talks for Kids ages 2nd - 4th Class (Age 6-9)

"Do onto others, as you would wish done onto you" - The aim of our internet safety talks is to help keep it this way online too.   

Internet Safety for Kids - Youth Talks

Our internet safety talks for ages 6-9 include:

  • An introduction to internet safety where we establish safety rules already in place.
  • How many own a phone, what's their favourite app/platform/online game
  • Reinforce internet safety rules with stories - soft, age appropriate references
  • We explain Social Media safety - privacy settings, profile names
  • We explain that it's not a race for followers, likes and comments
  • Online gaming tips and safety advice - "don't give personal information out / don't overgame, take water breaks every 75 minutes
  • Our talks help kids understand that the internet is more abrasive, and more unfriendly than real life
    • Strangers are not friends you haven't met yet, they're strangers.
  • Internet Safety = common sense first and always.

 

Internet Safety for Kids - Talks for Primary Schools

Thank you so much for a great information day yesterday. It was extremely beneficial for all and helped greatly to increase awareness; as we all know - education is key.

 

Kathy Ronaghan, Principal, Scoil Bhridge, Silverstream, Co Monaghan

 

Block, Report, Unfriend, Delete, Ignore

Children are vulnerable, but they are even more vulnerable if they are not equipped with the knowledge to protect themselves.

We explain the importance of friend selection online. Often children accept friend requests from people they don’t know simply because they want to increase their number of friends online.

We give upto date examples of how stragers approach kids - their tactics are very clever, for example getting the name of the kids dog for later use - for example 'Oh, I think I saw you with Snowy last week, where was that again'

Age Limits, Protections

We know the age limit with the strange exception of Facebook and WhatsApp is 13. However it's important to remember that these Apps are free and their providers are desperate to increase revenue - especially struggling SnapChat.

Importantly, we have no protections from Snapchat and Instagram because there is nothing really stopping children from lying about their age when setting up their profile. This alone should set off alarm bells for Teachers, Parents etc.

In Primary school Instagram is most popular social media platform, however, that changes to Snapchat as they move towards 6th class.  

Online Gaming

Online gaming has taken the world by storm and with device accessibility increasing daily it is more dominant than ever before. Online gaming dangers are real and children need to know that they are at risk. Strangers easily befriend child through online games and often gain heaps of private information without the child even realising.

We explain why they should use fake names, play with only friends and totally avoid interaction strangers.

Additionally, online gaming opens up room from cyberbullying. Games like DOTA allow children to interact with other players through text and microphone. Children could be placed in the same league as older children and even adults leaving room for unnecessary bullying and negativity.

Youtube

We speak about the issues surrounding YouTube and why restricted mode is important. YouTube Kids is a safe environment that offers fun and interactive videos suitable for children.

Safely surfing the internet at home

Kids are using social media and we know they are overriding age limits. Social Media privacy settings need to be secure and private, and children must know of the possible dangers facing them on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Predators and cybercriminals select vulnerable profiles, targeting unsuspecting children. Kids must be made aware of this and told what to do if they are ever contacted by a stranger.

Having access to the internet is hugely beneficial to children, however children are not always aware of how to be safe online. We talk about E Safety, What E Safety is and share tips for safe internet usage at home.

Additionally, we talk about the dangers of using Snapchat and Instagram, and what children need to look out for. These platforms appear harmless, but are perfect spots for predators. Our internet safety talks address these topics in a fun and interesting way - we usually have lots of questions after this section.

Time limits, Age appropriate content

Although internet access benefits children, too much can become detrimental. We explain the importance of limited screen-time from an internet safety perspective and from a health and development outlook.

BeSecureOnline - Internet Safety Talks for 2nd - 4th Class (Age 6-9)

Contact us, for more information or to book an internet safety talk for kids in your school.

You can also view case studies and more testimonials about our safety talks here.

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