March 31, 2022

Internet Safety, or E-Safety, Facts–Staying Safe Online

By Mr. Trevor Persson

Internet Safety, also known as e-safety, is all about RISK!  Once you begin your online activities, there are various risks you may come across, and knowing how to handle them is extremely important.  These risks can be placed into four categories:  Conduct, content, contact, and commercialism.  

  1.  Conduct–how a person behaves or engages could potentially put them at risk
  2.  Content–having the ability to gain access to unreliable information could potentially put a person at risk.
  3.  Contact–opportunities to interact or engage with unpleasant or dangerous people could potentially put a person at risk.
  4.  Commercialism–use of various platforms with hidden costs or upgrades could potentially put a person at risk.

Year after year, devices are developed that provide access to the internet including computers, tablets, phones, watches, and even refrigerators.  With such easy access and availability, devices provide the world with internet access at the touch of a button.  In terms of internet safety, linking these devices together, setting up notifications for daily screen time updates, setting up controls on screen time limits, and restricting installations of apps (to name a few) can all contribute to a safer, smarter use of digital devices.  

One current trend in online enjoyment in gaming.  Online gaming can use game consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and/or PCs.  With the simple click of an app, the launch of a website, or the power button on a game console, anyone can play and enjoy a game of their liking.  Many games include messaging for gamers to chat with each other.  Chatting oftentimes is an integral part of the game with tactics, strategies, and general conversation an all too common feature.  With the range of platforms and types available, parents and caretakers need constant supervision and guidance for specific gaming environments.  

To ensure internet safety, setting up parental controls on each device and even on your Wi-Fi, can help block or limit access to inappropriate content.  Most parental control options will even allow time limitations to prevent over-usage.  

At the end of the day, we all want to rest comfortably knowing our families and friends are safe when conducting any type of activity online.  Some final safety tips for all internet users:

  1.  Do NOT give out personal information.
  2.  Do NOT communicate with strangers online.
  3.  Do NOT purchase or download anything without parental permission.
  4.  Do NOT share your password!!!
  5.  Be careful what you share or discuss online.  Once something is shared or posted, its there for all to see!