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E-Safety: How technology can protect us from technology

Chris Cooper
February 11, 2014

E-Safety: How technology can protect us from technology

A talk on the technology behind E-Safety for parents of primary school-aged children.

Presented at Seabrook Primary School on 11th February 2014.

Chris Cooper

February 11, 2014

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  1. Information Security Consultant Chris Cooper I work at SureCloud data,

    hackers, privacy, malware, identity theft, etc
  2. Risks Content Age-inappropriate – explicit, violent, hate speech Conduct Online

    behaviour and sharing personal info Contact with people who might bully, abuse or exploit Commercialism aggressive advertising and marketing Malware viruses, spyware, adware etc Personal Security preventing people from gaining access to you personal info
  3. Built-In Parental Controls Most “connected” devices now have their own

    parental controls. • Windows Parental Controls (Vista, 7, 8) – filter websites, enforce time limits, restrict games • Mac OS X Parental Controls • Games Consoles (Xbox 360/One, PS3/4, Wii/U) – game content, internet browsing, voice chat • Android – Google Play restrictions. (Some tablets now support restricted profiles.) • iOS – restrict apps, settings, content, websites
  4. 3rd Party Software Examples…. Name Filtering Social Monitoring Time Restrictions

    App Control Devices Price Qustodio (free) £FREE Qustodio Premium £30-£50 / YEAR Norton Family (free) £FREE Norton Family Premium £30 / YEAR Bitdefender Parental Control £20 / YEAR AVG Family Protection £30 / YEAR +MOB
  5. Website Controls Some websites provide their own parental controls. YouTube

    safety mode, Google SafeSearch, 4oD parental control, iPlayer parental guidance lock, ITV Player PIN protection, Sky Go parental controls
  6. Privacy Settings Most social networks give you at least some

    control over who you want to share information with. If your child is old enough to use social networks, help them set these up correctly / reasonably.
  7. Social Monitoring Encourage conversation about your child’s activities on social

    networks. If desired, some 3rd party software can help you monitor social media activity.
  8. Moderated Services Some services are moderated and much more child-friendly.

    Club Penguin is a good example, where staff are paid to supervise interaction and strict / smart content-filters are in place.
  9. Social Monitoring Encourage conversation about who you children are talking

    to online and what websites / apps they use to message others. If desired, some 3rd party software can help you monitor social media activity.
  10. Reporting • Child to an adult (you or a teacher)

    • CEOP – sexual abuse or harassment (www.ceop.police.uk) • BeatBullying – cyberbullying (http://www.beatbullying.org/) • Reporting inappropriate contact within apps/websites
  11. Tips for commercialism, personal security and malware 1. Install an

    ad-blocker (e.g. https://adblockplus.org/) 2. Be wary when following links or opening files from untrusted sources. Go direct if possible. 3. Always check for HTTPS (green padlock) when entering sensitive information into a trusted website. 4. Try to keep your operating system (Windows) and software up-to-date, especially Java and Flash. 5. Install anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date! (e.g. www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/free.html)