As more and more schools are connected to the Internet the issue of child online safety becomes an issue. How is this managed? This space has been created for principals, teachers, parents and guardians to share their strategies on how they protect their children without compromising access to information. You are invited to register on this space and participate in the discussions around this very important topic.
If you have a policy in your school please share with us, if you have websites or know of interventions in other countries please contribute these to this space, using whichever tool you think is most appropriate. If it is a resource then use the upload resource tool otherwise participate in the forum 'threads' or topics, even start your own.
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Top 10 Tips from Professor Tanya Byron (Byron Review Safer Children in A Digital World)
1 Using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines. Use your browser's controls as some offer differing degrees of security for each family member.
2 Check out what child protection services your Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers - do they filter for spam, for instance? If not, ask them why.
3 Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it's easier to monitor what your children are viewing.
4 Tell children not to give out their personal details. If they want to subscribe to any services online, make up a family email address to receive the mail.
5 Children love to chat, but make sure they only use moderated chat rooms and encourage them to introduce you to their online friends.
6 Encourage your children to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
7 Involve your children in writing your own family code of acceptable internet use. Remember that what's acceptable for a teenager isn't necessarily OK for a primary school-aged child, so get their input.
8 Computer kit is expensive so bear in mind that a child with a laptop may be vulnerable when carrying it to and from school.
9 The web's a great resource for homework, but remember to use more than one site in research to get broad, balanced information and always reference your research sources.
10 Surf together. Go online with your children and become part of their online life. The key to safe surfing is communication.
Guidelines on e-Safety in Schools; educating towards responsible, accountable and ethical use of ICT in education (South African Department of Basic Education)