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  • Sean Lyons 16 Jul 2013 12:24pm () in What are children afraid of online?

    Hi Craig. I'd love to read it, please email if you can. seanl@netsafe.org.nz

  • Sean Lyons 16 Jul 2013 11:32am () in What are children afraid of online?

    Hello Craig. Thanks for sharing that. I'd love to read your thesis. Is it available online anywhere?

  • Sean Lyons 26 Jun 2013 12:37pm () in NetSafe and the Privacy Commission are looking for your input

    The Privacy Commissioner, NetSafe and UNESCO are working together to develop a new classroom resource kit for primary and intermediate school teachers, that will help students learn to manage their personal information successfully and confidently.

    We are asking teachers to provide us with feedback that will help us develop this resource successfully.

    What’s the format of the resource?

    We’ve structured the resource around 24 modules: 6 modules in each of four broad learning areas that we call “OWLS” – steps students can take to help them “be wise online”.

    The four learning areas are:

    • Own your information – take control of information about yourself
    • Wait and think before acting – take a moment to think about what you want to do
    • Lock your information – protect your information against people who want to steal it
    • Safety first – avoiding some major risks, and having backup if things go wrong

    Each module will have an associated set of teaching and study materials within it. These materials would include stories on the topic; suggestions for discussion questions; suggestions for classroom or self-study activities; and multimedia material or web links where available.

    The modules take students from basic concepts through to more sophisticated topics. The more advanced modules are intended to be suitable for more experienced or older students. Even the basic modules, though, may be flexible enough to have something to offer at a variety of learning levels, or may be a useful way to refresh what students have already learned.

    The OWLS resource will be available through the NetSafe website, since that’s where teachers and students are used to going for advice and resource material.

    What help do we need from you?

    We’re asking teachers for feedback (via the VLN) about our proposed OWLS modules, which we’ve attached here. We warmly welcome any comments or suggestions that you might have.

    It would be great if you could provide us with your initial feedback by July 12th.

    In particular, we would like to hear from you about whether we’ve chosen topics that you would find it useful to engage students on. Are there other, or better topics that we have not covered so far.

    Once we’ve made changes to the modules based on your online feedback, we’ll hold two focus groups with teachers and one with students to help us finalise the resource. If you are in Auckland and might like to participate, please contact us for further details. 

    The files are available here

    as an excel sheet

    www.netsafe.org.nz/downloads/owls-modular-concept.xlsx 

    as an open document format file

    www.netsafe.org.nz/downloads/owls-modular-concept.ods 

    or as a pdf

    www.netsafe.org.nz/downloads/owls-modular-concept.pdf 

    If you hve any questions about the process, or the document then you can contact us at privacy-project@netsafe.org.nz, or add it to this discussion in the vln.

    Thanks for your time and input into the process

  • Sean Lyons 05 Apr 2013 11:00am () in Cyberbullying - something quite sinister

    What has been presented is actually a whole range of approaches to combat harm experienced online. Jail terms and fines are just one part of a multi level approach. We should be looking in depth at what the law commision suggested. If you haven't had a chance to read the ministerial briefing paper, I would strongly advise we all do so before we form our opinions of the announcements made yesterday.

    It is hard to argue (from our perspective) that the current situation for those who experience harm online is an acceptable one. There is no doubt there are gaps in our current legislation that don't provide statutory protection to individuals that are experiencing significant harm. 

    What we are looking at are, in my opinion a proportional response to the kind of harm that people are experiencing. This is not about locking people up because they say something mean, this is about protecting individuals from "significant emotional harm" as defined by a series of principles, and looking at them in context of the victims age, vulnerability, the context of the communication, the public interest, use in satire or humour, amongst other criteria. 

    This is not an assault of freedom of expression, this is a process that provides a framework for a response and resolution for harmful communications, and an indication of what is and is not acceptable in terms of the way in which we relate to each other online.

    Sean (CTO, NetSafe)

  • Sean Lyons 26 Mar 2013 4:13pm () in Cyber Bullying Resolution

    Hello Nicole,

    While I may not be of use to you in terms of personal experience of individual incidents, we have considerable experience with Cyber bullying as an organisation (I don't mean we cyber bully people!).

    Feel free to contact me if we can be of help seanl@netsafe.org.nz

    Sean

  • Sean Lyons 14 Feb 2013 10:03am () in Email student use-agreement

    Thanks Gerard. I am working on the surveys at the moment. Shouldn't be more than a couple of weeks before they are active.

    Sean.

  • Sean Lyons 13 Feb 2013 1:43pm () in Use Agreements

    There have been a few questions in other groups on the VLN about use agreements, and I thought I would post my response here to , even though no-one asked the question! So apologies for the cross posting but...

    Hello .

    As part of the latest version of the NetSafe Kit for Schools (www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit) we have re-written all of our use agreement and policy documents. You can access them here;

    http://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/policy-and-use-agreements

    There are 3 different documents here, all written to support schools trying to foster a digital citizenship culture in their schools.

    They are all shared under a creative commons license and posted as word documents to allow school to customise the wording to fit with their school and wider community needs.

    Would appreciate any feedback.

    Regards,

    Sean. (CTO, NetSafe) 

  • Sean Lyons 13 Feb 2013 1:40pm () in Email Use-agreement

    Hello .

    As part of the latest version of the NetSafe Kit for Schools (www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit) we have re-written all of our use agreement and policy documents. You can access them here;

    http://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/policy-and-use-agreements

    There are 3 different documents here, all written to support schools trying to foster a digital citizenship culture in their schools.

    They are all shared under a creative commons license and posted as word documents to allow school to customise the wording to fit with their school and wider community needs.

    Would appreciate any feedback.

    Regards,

    Sean. (CTO, NetSafe) 

  • Sean Lyons 13 Feb 2013 1:40pm () in Email student use-agreement

    Hello .

    As part of the latest version of the NetSafe Kit for Schools (www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit) we have re-written all of our use agreement and policy documents. You can access them here;

    http://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/policy-and-use-agreements

    There are 3 different documents here, all written to support schools trying to foster a digital citizenship culture in their schools.

    They are all shared under a creative commons license and posted as word documents to allow school to customise the wording to fit with their school and wider community needs.

    Would appreciate any feedback.

    Regards,

    Sean. (CTO, NetSafe) 

  • Sean Lyons 21 Jan 2013 3:32pm () in Mega Upload vs Mega

    Hi Tessa. So far, from what I can see, this is encrypted file storage. The difference here from Megaupload is that the user takes the responsibility for the encryption key, so the service itself has no visibility on the content.

    This would mean that the service provider cannot [theoretically] be held responsible for any material stored that may infringe on someones copyright. 

    The other difference here is the NZ domain registration. Meaning the registrant is subject to .nz domain rules.

    I did see that they are looking for server partners, which means that they will be paying to rent storage space from territories all over the world, and this may blur the "New Zealandness" of the service in terms of the application of New Zeland laws to it.

    Not sure if that answers your question, but I am sure there will be more and more information as the 1 million users already registered start to use Mega.

    Sean.