The Alia2 Foundation has developed a Cybernetic Code for children. The objective of this code is for children to understand and assume their responsibilities when they are placed in front of a computer and share their experiences on the network. There are many risks to children surfing the Internet
The Alia2 Foundation has developed a Cybernetic Code for children. The objective of this code is for children to understand and assume their responsibilities when they are placed in front of a computer and share their experiences on the network.
There are many risks to children surfing the Internet if they do not follow the advice of safe navigation and have not received correct information about the dangers and traps that lie in wait for them. Isabel Plaza Medina, expert in the infantile use of New Technologies and responsible for the Communication Department of the Alia2 Foundation, explains everything that parents and children need to know to navigate through the network.
The risks of the Internet and social networks for children
What are the fundamental tips that children should follow in social networks?
Some of the guidelines to be followed by the code are:
1. When I make a social profile, I will configure the privacy appropriately so that the content that I publish can only be seen by my friends. 2. I will keep in mind that the people I know online are unknown in real life, NOT MY FRIENDS. 3. I will not publish personal information such as my phone number, address, etc. on the Internet 4. When a photo is published on the Internet, control over its diffusion and duration is lost. Even after it is deleted, it does not disappear from the Internet. 5. On the Internet, we must behave with respect and education. Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you. Den 6. Complain about people or actions that harm others. If you know someone who is feeling harassed, DENUNCIATE. 7. If you buy a mobile phone with internet, disconnect the geolocation option, so when you post on your wall from the mobile, nobody will know where you are. 8. I will save chat conversations, since it can be useful in case there is a problem. 9. If something happens to me that does not make me feel good on the Internet, I will tell my parents. I have to know how to say NO to the things I do not want to do and to count on my parents who are my best allies. 10. The best filter for the Internet is knowledge. What are the risks for children on the Internet and social networks?
Grooming: New ways of communicating have given rise to new risks or forms of harassment with a fatal impact such as grooming a practice through which an adult gains the trust of a child with a sexual purpose. -
Sexting : The sexting or exchange of photographs or videos with erotic content among the young people themselves with those who then go on to extort themselves causing important psychological damage.-
Cyberbullying: On the other hand, there is what is known as cyberbullying, or harassment among minors that on the Internet due to its global nature. It is a scope that can generate a lot of damage not only at least but also to your family and friends. At what age do children enter social networks?
In Spain, the
minimum age to access a social network, except for those specific to minors, is14 years.At what age do children already have their own mobile phone?
The development of mobile telephony and the so-called Smartphones allows young people to have Internet access in their pocket. The average age of beginning in mobile telephony by Spanish minors
is between 10 and 12 years old . In addition, most children access the internet at home or on the street.How to warn them of the dangers of this new form of communication?
The little ones have to value physical communication over what they can engage through new technologies. The advantages of knowing the interlocutor in front of the risks of not doing it. Your education is the basis of a safer Internet future. So, it's important to tell them that they have to keep in mind that
Usually speaking with a stranger on the internet, does not make him known . Addiction to new technologies is a growing problem that parents should not neglect and give it the importance it has. The time your children spend on the Internet has to be limited, depending on the motivations for using the network and age.