All of the above points are related directly to your protecting children in the classroom whilst they are in your care – and also protecting yourself. However, you could argue that what children do on their home computers is really nothing to do with you or you could take the line that, like road safety, it is part of your job. Similarly, some schools will routinely teach Internet Safety as part of the curriculum, some will not. This book is about e-learning for teachers, not Internet Safety for Children. There are many organisations devoted to exactly this topic and thousands of websites where you can find exemplar curricula and resources. We do not, therefore, propose to deal with this topic other than to offer some websites we have used and found useful.
Common Sense Media is one of the best we have found. It is a site devoted to Internet safety but apart from providing guidelines for parents and children, it also has lots of ‘safe’ applications and games and a weekly online newsletter.
The BBC Learning Zone also has some great materials, as does their CBBC channel.
Think U Know – contains Internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your learners safe on the Internet.
Kidscape – An organisation that helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.