"Nearly half of children in the UK (41%) set their social networking profiles so that they are visible to anyone and many (43%) claim that their parents don't set rules for social networking" (Source: Ofcom Social Networking Report, April 2008).
For many young people, internet, mobile and other new technologies are simply a fact of life. And, because these technologies have developed so quickly, young people have come up with their own strategies for managing their digital spaces - often with little or no input from parents, teachers or other adults.
We all have an important role to play in encouraging young people to use new technology positively, responsibly and safely. E-safety is embedded within the curriculum at Hampton College. We would like to share as much information with parents and students so have included the some useful links for you below.
|Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – the UK’s national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling the sexual abuse of children. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.|
|Follow this link to report abuse through the CEOP website.|
|Mumsnet is the UK’s busiest online community of parents, where members pool advice, support and info on the tricky business of having and bringing up kids, and debate and discuss news, politics, education, travel, literature, health, fashion – you name it, Mumsnetters are talking about it.|
|Beatbullying trains young people as CyberMentors; they can then help, assist and support other young people online, promoting safe and responsible internet use, and acting as mentors and guides to young people online.|
|The BBC sets a very high standard for online safety of children on its sites. As well as general resources for adults, it offers a dedicated service for 6-12 year olds at CBBC which includes advice on how to stay safe.|
|The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has developed the Click Clever, Click Safe code, to help your children enjoy the internet safely.|
|Internet Watch Foundation is the UK Hotline for reporting illegal online content.|