From a press release. Mary Hanafin launched a new Internet safety programme for kids, parents and teachers today. It seems to have a heavy slant towards social networking sites:
This new initiative focuses on promoting safer and more effective use of social networking websites by children in Ireland
What will be done:
Â· Nationwide Internet Safety seminars for parents
Â· Nationwide in-service training for SPHE teachers
Â· Classroom resources for use in teaching the SPHE curriculum to first, second, and third years in post-primary schools
Â· Nationwide Social Networking workshops for primary and post-primary teachers
More of the blurb:
This new programme has been developed by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) in partnership with the Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) Curriculum Support Service and the National Parents Council – Primary (NPC)
This is good:
One of their key recommendations is that parents and professionals need to acquire a better understanding that children and young people live in a world of ever increasing sophistication of technological means. The findings recommended that measures be taken to close the widening gap between parents, teachers and children in relation to the use of these new technologies and to Internet safety awareness and safe practice.
That’s the best bit: “measures be taken to close the widening gap between parents, teachers and children”, they should do that for everything, not just Internet usage. If they do this right I’d be delighted. It might make parents and teachers less technophobic too.