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Protecting Identity

Once again we have involved John Parsons in sharing his wisdom with teaching young children to learn to protect their own identity and that of others when entering the world of social media.

John ran a session for parents where he outlined issues around young people's social media behaviour effecting their future job prospects.  John also showed a photo of a young drunk person who had collapsed and explained that the 'victims' of the posting of this image was not just the young person identified in the image - it was also the boy who took the photo who is now socially isolated, shunned or even assaulted by family of the girl who's image was posted.  John has been teaching our kids to help people in these situations, not take a photo of them!  Despite all of the privacy requirements on Facebook and sites such as twitter and myspace, if someone posts a compromising image of you, that information is immediately accessible in some way (i.e. you have no control over their privacy settings and who that image may be passed on to or where you may not be tagged, but still recognised).  John introduced us to terms such as 'hawking' (where a criminal uses the internet to 'hawk' for crimes, i.e. finding who to burgle or stalk etc) and scrubbing images before posting them (taking out any detail that may identify you to prospective 'nasties').

John was resolute about the value of the tool, but stressed the importance of teaching children from a young age to learn to protect their identities and insist that people explain why they are taking a photo of them and what it will be used for.  He promotes discussion in the home around what is safe and not safe and if they see someone compromised, rather than taking a photo, they look at how they could help that person.  The question starters for the parents were thought provoking and valuable.

Next year, John is running his protection of identity programme with all of the year 4-6 students at Enner Glynn School.