Cyber-Safety: Keeping Children Safe In A Connected World
Opportunities for young people and adults to learn and engage with each other have exploded in recent times with the proliferation of computer networks, mobile devices, broadband connections to the Internet and virtual communities. With such exciting opportunities comes the need to ensure that leaders, educators, children and parents consider the implications for safe use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Learning is a social activity. It happens when people interact with other people and their ideas, knowledge and perspectives.
ICTs provide children and students with new and engaging ways to learn. ICTs expand social and knowledge networks so that children and students access current information, interact with experts and participate in peer teaching and learning.
Using ICTs they can publish their learning, as evidence of achievement or to invite feedback for improvement.
It is important to both protect and teach children, students and adults, while they learn to use ICTs and become responsible digital citizens. This includes adults thinking ahead of new risks and children and students learn how to avoid exposure to inappropriate material or activities, and protecting themselves when they are online.
They need to learn how to use ICTs, including mobile technologies and social networking sites, in responsible and ethical ways. In addition, they need to feel confident about alerting the adults in their lives when they are feeling unsafe, threatened, bullied or exposed to inappropriate events.
In response, these adults need to take appropriate actions to protect the child or young person.