Have you ordered your free 250 copies of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Magazine (verson 3) yet? If this is anything like the last 2 editions it will be the best resource you will be able to get hold of to use in getting e-safety messages over in an accesible way to all parents and carers; and as rare as hens teeth once the print run is over, so crab your copies now!
ThinkyouKnow has reported launch of a new KS4 resource which uses film to explore the complex relationship modern teenagers have with the internet and has a five unit lesson plan supplemented by teacher’s notes
Insafe report, Carrie Grant, celebrity vocal coach and TV presenter saying about the recently released Childnet STAR SEN Toolkit resource:
“As a parent of two children with autism spectrum conditions, I know the huge potential that technology offers for communication and learning, but also the challenges that young people with ASD can face when trying to navigate the internet safely. My daughters love to use the internet, but I do sometimes worry that they could be too trusting with people online. With the launch of the Childnet STAR Toolkit comes the reassurance that educators now have a resource that will help young people to develop online safety strategies for school and for home, something which is essential in today’s digital world.”
If you have been listening to Classic FM recently or have read the May edition of UK Safer Internet Centre Insider Newsletter you may already have heard that a new portal Internet Matters displaying internet safety advice for parents was launched on 13 May by the 4 biggest Internet Service Providers in the UK – BT, Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk as part of the Government’s push on the use of parental controls in the home.
The Newsletter also signposts new advice on the latest in IM (Whisper and Yak Yak), new advice on curriculum planning (that has a number of useful links to PSHE and IT related sites) and an anti-cyberbullying video from Ireland The Promise.
After SID 2014 the CEOP ThinkYouKnow website has had a makeover and divided the resources for 11-13 from the 14+ age range. (If like me you find your browser wont take you to the new areas by clicking on the graphics, use the text links at the bottom of the page.)
The NSPCC also launched their take on “Keeping Children Safe Online” in the form of an e-learning module created with CEOP.
And research on sexting behaviour emerged in the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Pediatrics” journal encouraging disussion of this topic with young people.
Ofcom has published a report that sets the scene in terms of take-up, awareness and confidence of parents in parental controls, before ISPs fulfil commitments to implement more network filters.
No surprises about the variations found or that “parental controls were viewed as a supplement to, rather than replacement for, hands-on parenting” but is a useful statement of status quo all the same.