Scammers may use carefully prepared webcam images or footage of themselves which may initially seem flattering, but can increasingly become coercive and explicit.
A background discussion document for teachers is available for more information.
Children can visit the Workshop in Silicon Deep, download and print out the free webcam cover to use with computers at home or school.
We suggest to children: ‘Know when you’re on show’.
You can download and print out the paper webcam covers (below) in a number of designs with Hector’s World characters in versions for laptop and desktop webcam models.
Some victims have been extremely distressed following this realisation, with tragic consequences.
In another type of webcam-based scam, malware installed on your computer can be used to operate your built-in webcam, recording images of you without your knowledge. Stay Smart Online offers a guide to safe social networking, as well as some useful insights into real life scams - online dating.
This simple paper cover can prompt a valuable discussion between parent and child, or teacher and student, about what a webcam is and how to manage its use safely.
Using the cover means the camera becomes ‘default off’, which is best with a young child.
Desktop Webcam Covers Click here to download a discussion document about webcams and younger children.
The webcam covers are available to print out from PDF format and construction directions are included. If the laptop webcam cover is too large for your screen, please set your printer to print on smaller paper setting.
If you are concerned about a specific cyber security issue you should seek professional advice.