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Know IT All Internet Safety

In 2005 Childnet produced the first Know IT All for Schools CD-ROM with funding from MSN UK. This material on this CD-ROM was targeted at young people (12-18) and was distributed to all secondary schools in the UK through the generous support of Microsoft.

Childnet consulted closely with young people and teachers in producing the resources and designed the content so it could be used either by a teacher in a whole class session or by pupils working on their own. The important safety information was presented in multi-media "modules" covering a wide range of issues from advice about handling cyber-bullying, to reliability of information and stranger danger. The CD-ROM also had a section highlighting the ways in which children were using the internet to make a positive impact in society.

 

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Know IT All, is Childnet's multi award-winning suite of education resources designed to help educate parents, teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet.

Some groups of children are potentially more vulnerable and more at risk than others when using ICT. These can include children with emotional or behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties, and other complex needs, as well as those who's English is an additional language, and looked after children.

   Symbol supported safety tip  

To assist these children Childnet teamed up with Widgit Software on a project funded by Becta, TDA and UKCCIS to produce a whole set of Widgit Symbol materials for use with users who use these communication tools.

The symbol-supported materials cover the 5 principles of SMART, and are all downloadable from the Childnet site. Flashcards have also been created to aid word and symbol recognition, help with improving memory and with visualising concepts.

The symbols are useful to readers of different abilities, whether it is because of a literacy impairment or because English is an additional language (EAL). Readers who have very little or no text recognition can use fully symbolised text, whereas readers with some text recognition can have key words or new vocabulary symbolised. Symbol-support helps to give the reader the support they require, developing their vocabulary and confidence when reading.

"Learning to use the internet safely and resonsibly is a fundamental part of children's education. Childnet have been delighted to partner with Widgit, in making the SMART rules available in Widgit symbols, to help make these important messages accessible to all children. Childnet firmly believe that this will make a real difference in helping all children to stay safe and get the most out of the amazing opportunities that new technology offers".

Will Gardner
CEO
Childnet International

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