Internet safety – OnGuard Online

I’ve posted previously about Internet Safety and the work of CEOP in Britain. Today I came across the The information is US centric, but there is much generic advice that is also useful for the UK. There’s a list of useful topic titles, including email scams, identity theft, malware, P2P security, phishing, etc. In addition there are some useful online question based games to get you thinking about the issues on a number of areas.

However, the item I’d like to draw particular attention to is the Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online pdf document that helps adults (parents or carers) to talk to children about their internet use. This really is packed full of useful information; the main point being openly talk to your children, explain things, listen to them, and tell them your values for on- and off-line behaviour. Quoting from the site with regard to this publication:

OnGuard Online encourages you to use this guide with your kids, in your school, at your PTA meeting, or anywhere else parents might gather. Feel free to order as many free copies as you’d like, put your own sticker on it, reprint sections in a newsletter or on a website, download a button or link to it, or even reprint it with your own logo. These materials are in the public domain.

Net Cetera


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Internet Safety

It is important for parents, carers and teachers to ensure that children are safe when using the Internet. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is part of the authorities in Britain dedicated to child protect. Part of their work is about disseminating the message of Internet safety. I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight their work and to draw out some significant areas of their website.

A new intelligence report (pdf) has been published that parents will find useful in protecting their children whilst online, and an accompanying video:

Linked in with the CEOP site is the Think u know site.


This has advice split into age specific sections of 5-7, 8-10, 11-16, along with Parent or Carer and Teacher or Trainer.

The 5-7 year olds section, for example, has a set of non-threatening, age appropriate cartoons about using computers safely on the Internet.

The Parent or Carer section has some simple and informative advice about  how children use technology; important uses and concerns. The different areas covered in the faq section include grooming, mobiles, gaming, social networking and chat. There’s a quiz for parents to take to test their knowledge of how children use technology and the Internet. And what about this video as a warning:

Their YouTube video channel is linked here.

Additional (30/10/09): This video is used by police in schools to highlight the issues to school children. It’s very powerful, and the user feedback about it is very encouraging.

Kids and comics – online

Yesterday I stumbled across a video that really got me interested in something – making comics online. I know it sounds daft, but when kids are using words like artistic, creative, amazing, sensational, awesome and cool, it gets me thinking there’s something in this.

Here’s the video:

and a link to a post ‘wot I wrote’.

iPods for 8 year olds

This is just brilliant.

At Burnt Oak Junior School in Kent, UK, they gave a class of 32 eight year olds an iPod Touch with a number of useful apps installed.

In their blog post there is an embedded video that includes interviews with the teacher responsible, the head teacher and children. I’ve reproduced the video here. Please take a look.

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It ties in with the NSW laptop initiative.