Internet Resilience Presentations

 


Internet Resilience - presentations that are twelve years in the making...

What began as Teen Safe in 2008 has now morphed into an internet safety information programme that incorporates instruction to young people in primary and secondary schools; teachers, counsellors and other support staff; people with special needs or interests; and carers and residents at residential care units throughout the country.

The programme now incorporates data from our extensive research activities of Irish bad actors online which have been ongoing since 2012; investigative experiences gained through corporate and information security activities; digital forensics that we have undertaken for schools where difficulties arise through misuse of computer equipment, and individual families struggling to understand unexpected difficulties that arise in young peoples lives. Indeed, we have illuminated difficulties that no one had any awareness of at all.

On occasion, we have helped those that need to make reports of wrongdoing against young people and in some cases made necessary reports on their behalf.

Since 2008, we have been visiting about 30 to 50 schools in a given September to June school year. Sometimes we address very small classes in very small schools, and sometimes individual year groups or all year groups in schools of 1,400+ students. That’s a lot of presentations to an awful lot of students.

When you book an Internet Resilience talk from ChildWatch.ie — that is the practical experience base that you are drawing from.

We combine both presentation material (consisting of evidential elements that we have processed) and demonstration of commercially licensed software and techniques that give a very practical feel to our offering. When we discuss people’s vulnerability to online search, facial recognition, mobile phone hacking, stolen credentials, geo-location, graphing social media relationships etc, it’s the practical live demonstration of what we are presenting that generates the shock and awe and not some overtly sensational list of threats to safety laced with everlasting damnation.

In other words, those attending see the practical application of the vulnerabilities that we are discussing. Anyone parenting their own young people or has taught or cared for young people will tell you that you can say what you like, but the proof is in the experience and that is where Internet Resilience excels.

In creating the Teen Safe series and now its successor, Internet Resilience, we had one criteria in mind — it had to be something that WE would want to attend. We believe that we have created just that!!

ONE OTHER SMALL MATTER:

We are OPEN with our COSTS (which we have ALWAYS published online) and we protect those booking our presentations by maintaining current PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE for public speaking, writing, media, and IT professional services.


Internet Resilience - Secondary School 1st Years

Synopsis:

This presentation reflects that these students are just out of primary school and are being exposed to the digital habits and app's being used by the older students. This accelerates their digital knowledge and often leaves them exposed as they try to do too much - walking before they can crawl so to speak. This presentation bridges that divide for them and links the messages that they learned in primary with the information that they now need in secondary.

The presentation section headings are:

- When Online - You are not alone !
- Digital Citizens
- Digital Opportunities and Threats
- Digital Footprints
- The technology that we use
- Posting Images
- Strict Safety Practices


Internet Resilience - Secondary School 2nd & 3rd Years

Synopsis:

This presentation is a mix of screen and live demonstration of online data being exposed through commercially licensed software. This brings a very real feel to the for what is being presented and reinforces the need for those attending to be careful in what they share through text and images, and the exposure that can occur when settings such as geo-location are enabled for certain app's

The presentation section headings are:

- Digital Opportunities and Threats
- Digital Footprints
- Searching Social Media
- Infrastructure
- Posting Images
- Online harassment
- Common Risks


Internet Resilience - Secondary School 4th & 5th Years

Synopsis: 

While largely similar in structure to the Junior Cycle presentation, the tone of this presentation is reflective of the older audience.

Also, there are two additional sections:

Targeting Teenagers shows how teens (particularly girls) are being targeted online by people seeking to 'out them' when they make mistakes or take and share intimate images of themselves. It serves as a warning to girls to be more conservative in what they do, and a warning to boys that they are not anonymous online when they engage in these offensive practices which are on the rise. It also offers advice about encountering Garda/ISP 'Block Pages' and why they still may encounter illegal images that are not blocked.

These issues are presented appropriately for the audience.

Paint Your Own Future outlines how to create your own future through persistent commentary, postings, tweets and blog posts that articulate one's interests and hobbies. This practice is hugely beneficial when undertaken over the longer term and maintained consistently over time.

The presentation section headings are:

- Digital Opportunities and Threats

- Digital Footprints

- Searching Social Media

- Infrastructure

- Posting Images

- Online harassment

- Common Risks
- Targeting Teenagers
- Paint Your Own Future


Ambivalence - Secondary School 6th Years ONLY

Synopsis:

Ambivalence is similar in terms of the issues addressed in Internet Resilience. However the approach is designed for senior 6th class students, and is the basis of an advanced presentation given to child protection professionals.

There are topics covered in it that are not addressed in our other student presentations because this material is for the most senior students only. It shows information that is designed for adults - the professionals and parents of the future.

We do consult with schools staff and a decision is made as to which presentation is most appropriate for their senior group - the Internet Resilience or Ambivalence presentations. We proceed upon their guidance.

Digital! addresses common privacy issues that affect people online such as the power of search and the implications for placing images and text online. It looks the recent failings of social media to adequately protect the interests of its users and poses questions about the wisdom of placing our digital content through digital devices onto the internet.

Appearances looks at trends and influences generated by fashion and media and entertainment icons past and present. It offers insights into the thinking of icons past that are now mothers of teenagers and their views about how they appear. When young people buy into these trends they can often experiment online which may or may not have implications for them in the future.

Ambivalence is core to the presentation and looks at the types of errors that young people and parents make online. It addresses pornography and how young people can find their images featuring in it. It shows instances of people self-destructing as teenagers and finding consequences when they are in their thirties. It addresses the ambivalence that people can have for each other online and the devastation that it can wreak.

Down the Rabbit Hole features examples of bad actors at work taking and uploading photos without your knowledge; misuse of family photos; patterns of chasing down young people with an obsession; faking and tributing social media images; communities of bad actors working together; and issues that arise within schools as a result of these activities.

Defending Yourself Online is just that – key points that we all should understand to make our online communications safer and not be caught out by underestimating what it takes to be both safe and private in digital space.

Build your own space is about projecting yourself and using the power of internet search, blogging, opinion writing etc on mediums like LinkedIn and Twitter to ensure that you are your own brand and use it to project yourself wisely.


Teaching / Support Staff

 
This includes: 
-- Primary Teachers  
-- Secondary Teachers  
-- School’s Counsellors  
-- Schools Principals and Deputies  
 
How to book: 
-- Primary and secondary school staff/teachers normally include a one hour presentation as part of a full day visit to a school.

-- Schools counsellors have attended organised events facilitated through Griffith College facilities in Cork and Dublin.

-- We have made presentations to individual NAPD regions and at annual conference on two occasions.
 


Bespoke Presentations

 
These are created for:
 
-- Tusla Residents & Carers
-- Special Needs People & Carers/Parents
-- Special Interest Groups
 
We make individual arrangements with organisations seeking bespoke presentations. Each of the groups with whom we have worked have very special content in mind depending on those attending and the challenges that they may face.