First multi-sensory media session

In our first seminar for this module we looked at how ICT can be used with young children.  We discussed how much it now plays a role in people’s lives and how it should be used in school.  We considered how it can be used in many different ways to engage children and the opportunities it provides.

We also then had to consider the safeguarding issues for children using the internet.

  • Contact – Who are contacting children on the internet.
  • Content – what inappropriate material maybe on the internet that we don’t want children to access.
  • Conduct – this applies to the conduct of all users including children.

Although we were thinking about the very youngest children we still have to think about educating them from the beginning about internet safety.  Children need to be aware of problems that may occur and what they should do if confronted by something inappropriate.

It is an important issue because the internet and ICT is now such a key part of most children’s lives.  Although it is important to consider the safeguarding of children we shouldn’t lose sight of the benefits that the internet offers children.

image from flickr

The linked clip is from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).  The cartoon demonstrates to young children the dangers that exist when using the internet in a easily understand format.  It is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.  The cartoon highlights the dangers giving over personal details to people on the internet.  It also touches on how the internet is a public place and that your conduct online should be of acceptable and does not remove your accountability.

 

Clearly in this highly technological age that children are now growing up in it is vital that we educated them to remain safe.    The National Curriculum 2014 for key stage one explicitly has the safe use of the internet as part of the teaching content required.

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. (National Curriculum for England (2013), Department for Education.

Children having increasing access to technology they are not simply using computers but have almost constant access to smartphones, tablets and internet connected consoles.  Increasingly children at a young ages access the internet, therefore making it a priority to educate them to stay safe and use the internet appropriately seems a necessary thing to do.  It is not only an teachers job to enable children to make the most of the opportunities presented to them but also to ensure they know themselves how to remain safe.

References

Department for Education (2013), National curriculum for England. London: Department for Education.

http://ceop.police.uk/About-Us/

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