E-Safety is a home-school issue. Whilst we can monitor the usage of our network for all our users, the education of the next generation to the risks associated with the Internet is important.
Whilst the media highlights inappropriate contact with children (under 18yrs old) known as grooming or the circulation of inappropriate images. E-Safety covers other areas such as cyber-bullying; viruses; spam and scams; data security; digital profiles; games; social networking, forums and chat.
In recent years there has been a convergence of different technologies. Once upon a time you could play games on a games console. Now you can play games, dvds, go online, chat to the person you are playing a game with on the other side of the world and much more besides!
How you can increase E-Safety at home:
- Move access to computers and the Internet where it can be monitored, such as the living room
- Talk to your child about their use of ICT and get them to talk to you should they feel uncomfortable or access anything that is inappropriate
- Read the features of your child’s mobile phone, for example many providers have their own filtering systems. Install a good Antivirus program such as those from eset.com
- Consider installing filtering and monitoring software. http://www.k9webprotection.com/ is free for personal use. www.thinkuknow.com/parents (advice) CEOP link and YouTube videos
Green Cross Code for Internet Safety
New ‘Green Cross Code’ for internet safety - ‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’. An unprecedented coalition of Government, industry and charities has launched the first UK internet safety strategy, to help children and young people stay safe online.
The first ever internet safety strategy, ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ , was drawn up by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and was launched by the Prime Minister at the first UKCCIS Summit in London on the 8th of December.
Young people now have much greater online access than ever before, with research showing that 99 per cent of 8-17 year olds have access to the web. New research published today also shows that 18 per cent of young people said they had come across harmful or inappropriate content online, with 33 per cent of children said their parents don’t really know what they do on the internet.
The strategy will outline how government, industry and charities are working together to keep children and young people safe online and implement the recommendations from Professor Tanya Byron’s review ’Safer Children in a Digital World’.
The strategy will mean:
- That for the first time ever, internet companies, charities and the Government will be independently reviewed against new UKCCIS standards to keep children and young people safe online
- Young people and parents will be targeted by a new Digital Code ‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ - the ‘Green Cross Code’ for internet safety. This will be adopted by retailers, social networking sites, schools and charities and displayed where appropriate
- Parents will be able to access a one-stop shop website for internet safety advice hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP)
- From September 2011 online safety will be a compulsory part of the curriculum from age 5; and Professor Tanya Byron will review the Council’s progress, beginning in January 2010
- This new strategy builds on the significant progress already made by the Government to implement the Byron review and provide parents and young people with the information, advice and guidance they need to ensure they can enjoy the internet safely.
The Government also announced:
- All 270,000 computers to be provided under the Government’s Home Access scheme will incorporate the CEOP Advice, Help, Report button, to help children and their families quickly report inappropriate content or internet approaches from strangers as well as get help and advice on issues such as cyberbullying, viruses and hacking.
- Government will lead the way globally, by exploring how child internet safety can be improved through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Click-Clever Click-Safe (pdf)