How to keep kids safe online - tips from leading cyber-security expert John Parsons

By Michelle Polglase on 11/8/17 12:00 PM

Communication sits at the heart of society, and digital communications technology (DCT) has had rapid uptake. Our kids are connected and can communicate at an unprecendented scale. Smartphones are ubiquitous, an increasing number of schools have BYOD policies, and technology enables and empowers  learning in many positive ways. The challenge is to maximize the positive aspects of connection, while managing risk.

John Parsons is one of New Zealand's leading authorities on cyber-security. Highly regarded, Parsons has significant experience dealing with cyber-security crisis management. We recently had an interesting catch-up in our office, and his services are in high demand.

Over the years he's developed a toolbox of practical strategies for children and their caregivers designed to keep kids safe online and encourage good digital citizenship. He's just released his book Keeping Your Children Safe Online: A Guide for New Zealand Parents to empower children to live in the online world both safely and ethically. 


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Learn how to develop a digital citizenship program

By Scott Noakes on 6/8/17 4:24 PM

An ICT teacher's experience

Kate is an ICT Lead Teacher at Halswell School in Christchurch New Zealand, a Year 0-8 primary with a roll of over 650 students. Halswell School introduced BYOD in years 5 and above in 2014. The school uses Linewize, a student internet management system, to keep students safe and to foster digital citizenship. Here Kate shares how to develop a digital citizenship program with the support of a student management system that provides complete visibility over student online behaviours.

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Linewize at Interface Xpo 2017!

By Scott Noakes on 5/3/17 1:34 PM

Interface Xpo 2017 is New Zealand's premiere EdTech event and we'd love to see you there.

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Cyberbullying - the challenge of our times

By Scott Noakes on 3/29/17 4:48 PM

Cyberbullying has been a hot topic in the media since the start of the year. A recent Australian survey of 1,000 parents of teenagers aged 11-18 conducted for Telstra, a national telco, found that two in five (40 percent) of parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries as their children returned to school. The research found that 36 percent of Australian teenagers had personally experienced cyberbullying, with one in five, or 20 percent, stating the bullying occurred within the last month.

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Top Ten Resources for Educators on Digital Citizenship 2017

By Scott Noakes on 3/15/17 3:15 PM

Embarking on 1:1 computing or a Bring Your Own Device program? Here are all the resources that you need to help you and your students create and maintain a respectful and considerate online environment in which to learn.

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7 things often overlooked on school BYOD programs

By Scott Noakes on 3/7/17 10:50 AM

 Here are seven considerations that can be overlooked as districts and schools concentrate on readying the infrastructure and making decisions about types of device and ways and means of funding the program.

    1. Who’s responsible for what?
      Clarify the school, teacher, parent and student roles and ready the supporting documentation. What happens in the event of theft, breakages, lost chargers, devices not working? Avoid your teachers becoming IT Techies by proxy and ensure that everyone is clear on what they need to do to make the BYOD programme work.

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Safer Internet Day - A Look Back

By Scott Noakes on 3/1/17 1:32 PM

Safer Internet Day exploded around the world demonstrating the interest in the issues of digital citizenship and cyberbullying, particularly in countries where 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are proliferating.

Companies got involved, including Microsoft, who released a Digital Civility Index comparing online behaviour in 14 countries. They encouraged young people to take up their Digital Civility Challenge.

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Today is Safe Internet Day!

By Scott Noakes on 2/7/17 12:19 PM

Asking kids to share photos, selfies and status updates to raise awareness of Internet Safety.

7th February 2017 is Safe Internet Day. Various countries are using the day to raise awareness of how children can be active online participants but stay safe. The UK is running a stand out programme bringing together police, schools, youth groups and charities for UK #SID2017. Their focus is on exploring the power and influence of images in children and young people’s lives. Resources include education packs, a quiz, a photo competition and a social media campaign.

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