Friday, 19 October 2007

Online police station

An online police station is being set up as part of a new drive to protect primary children from increasing apporaches by predatory adults on the internet.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is urging primary teachers to give more advice to their pupils about internet dangers. The centre believes that online predators are increasingly turning their attentin to primary pupils. Parents are reporting around 10 such incidents every month to its website. A cybercafe is being launched next week to provide advice to children aged 8 to 11. It encourages younger children to first talk to an adult they trust, such as a teacher, and the site's 'virtual police station' can put them in touch with a real police officer.

Once again, the QCA schemes of work need to take some of the blame for this. The schemes don't teach much about the internet at all never mind internet safety. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the ICT schemes of work need to be updated quickly and catch up with the 2007 society and its computer-literate children.

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