Children To Get Internet Safety Classes.

8th December 2009

Almost every person in the UK has access to the internet somehow or another. Those who don’t have a computer themselves can access the web at a library, school or internet café for little or no money at all.

The internet is one of the best inventions of all time; you can check train times, do your shopping, teach and learn – the lot! You can also talk to someone on the other side of the world, for free, by just using your internet connection. The possibilities are endless.

The anonymity of the web causes concerns for parents and guardians, as most households have at least once computer in the house and one in five under 18’s have a computer in their bedroom. They cannot be monitored or watched all the time and the sheer size of the web means it leaves a lot of room for criminals, bullies and people who mean no good, to hide.

Although it seems that the younger someone is, the more tech savvy they are, I cannot recall receiving a single lesson on how to use the internet or a computer. I’m very good on a computer but they only way that I’ve learnt how to be is by trial and error, which could be very dangerous if you’re not careful.

So, to combat this, the government have plans to make Internet Safety lessons compulsory in the National Curriculum. The lessons are one element of a new government strategy being unveiled called “Click Clever, Click Safe” where children will be encouraged to follow an online “Green Cross Code” and block and report inappropriate content.

This, in my opinion, is a great idea. Computers, technology and the internet play a huge part in all of our lives and before long, that will become evermore true. To introduced children to the do’s and don’t’s of the internet, will potentially save children’s lives.