Important information for parents especially as we are buying Christmas presents for our children.
Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.
The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.
The use of these exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil achievement. However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:
· Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content;
· Unauthorised access to/loss of/sharing of personal information;
· The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet;
· The risk of being targeted by extremists in order to promote and encourage radicalisation;
· The risk of being targeted by those involved in child sexual exploitation;
· The sharing/distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge;
· Inappropriate communication/contact with others, including strangers;
· Access to unsuitable video/internet games;
· An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet;
· Plagiarism and copyright infringement;
· Illegal downloading of music or video files;
· The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build pupils’ resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks.