Recently I was looking for some online resources about e-safety, partly to share with my children and I discovered some interesting sites and videos.
E-Safety Kit has been developed by Insafe and Liberty Global for children aged 6-12 years. On this site, children can explore safety issues like security, communication, cyberbullying and entertainment. They can easily learn by games and tasks to safeguard themselves. It also offers parents and teachers some advice on how to overcome these issues, a parent’s guide and an activity-based guidebook, situation cards and a family certificate and stickers.
On the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website called thinkuknow, you can find information about the sites children like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Sorted for the different agegroups, there are resources that can be used in the classroom or at home. And very important: there is also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Please share this video with you child (age 8 upwards). It is an assembly from CEOPs Thinkuknow education programme. This video enables children “to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. It also directs where to go and what to do if children are worried about any of the issues covered”.
Jigsaw: Assembly for 8 -10 year olds (© youtube CEOP)
I also found a very good video for parents, carers and teachers called „The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet“. It is also from CEOP and gives a “realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent”. “The show covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see (…) With interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopoulos and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters , this online guide aims to equip you with the tools to have those tricky conversations with your children and keep your family safe online.”
- Risks children face online: Cyberbullying [CEOP Education Video] #SID13 (olliebray.typepad.com)
- Risks children face online: Grooming [CEOP Education Video] #SID13 (olliebray.typepad.com)
- Parents warned over online abuse (bbc.co.uk)
- Promoting E-Safety on Edmodo (simonhaughton.typepad.com)