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E-Learning and its effectiveness.

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SamS
Hi,

With the increase in parents and children using computers and the internet, do you think it would be an idea to have a E-Learning 'course' that could be suggested to parents to complete to get them "in the Know" about the internet and ways in which their children can be targeted and ways in which this information can be broadcast to as many parents as possible....

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts :)
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GamerGirl
As you quite rightly point out children and parents use and need to use the Internet more and more as time is going by. I think schools have a responsibility to prepare children for life now being based predominantly online but let's not forget parental responsibilities. Some parents are still walking around saying 'I don't understand all that internet stuff' and this isn't good enough! Parents need to understand where their children are 'hanging out' online and they need to 'teach' themselves how to educate their children of the dangers that are online. Real world 'stranger danger' type education is needed by parents. Schools aren't responsible to teach adults but it would be good to motivate children to teach their parents!
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SuperDad
Schools should definitely put more pressure on parents to know what's going on with their children's Internet activity. Gives them no excuses.
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Adam
I think a lot of parents struggle with how their children are growing up online because they have little or no experience of it themselves. Parents cant say, "in my day we did this, or that" because they did not grow up with it. Schools and parents should be working together a lot more to close the gaps of awareness.
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David85
Resources like cybersmile are freely available online so why aren't schools using them to help themselves and the parents? The education department needs to step in and make some sort of e-training compulsory.
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SamS
although i agree with some of your points, I think the emphasis needs to be less on schools to implement this.. as they are often expected to educate children in a variety of other things... i think parents need to take more responsibility when it comes to cyberbullying, as parents are the ones who purchase and allow their children to use the internet. I know schools see the children for a lot of the day but a small minority of the day is free for such things, yes i agree within IT classes there should be talk about cyberbullying and the dangers of the internet. But parents need to be more in the know and take control and stop making it a problem for the schools
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JoDragon
I agree with Same that schools are being expected to teach children things that is probably more the parents job. As said, they are the ones that have bought the devices/PCs and allow use.

I think minimal training should be given in IT lessons, such as privacy settings and how to keep yourself safe, but there are obviously different views on how much time goes towards safety education and how much time goes towards education of general use (Word processing, spreadsheets).
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to JoDragon

Fair point Jo. The problem is that a lot of parents just aren't bothering to teach their children, so more and more everybody is realising that we cannot rely on parents. Sadly, the choice is either incorporate it into school curriculum or children just might not be taught what is so desperately needed in the e safety space at all.
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SamS
I definitely think its a balancing act, maybe an idea would be... the companies that produce these gadgets computers etc etc should include a programme/guide something of that sort aimed at both parents and children so that they have more access to the resources and they are readily available when the devices are being set up.. that way it takes the heat away from schools and onto the individual producing and using the devices.
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kitty
My kindle only lets me look at certain things such as youtube here pictures and certain games
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SamS
The trouble is kitty not enough devices are restricted in what we can use/see and most of the time these restrictions can be activated on devices but parents dont know how to do this.
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DavidT
Hey All, great reply's above :)

I think that the makers of laptops phones tablets should make something like a video that shows children young people and parents on how to stay safe online and to show how to put restrictions on items for children and young people.
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SamS

In reply to DavidT

I mentioned that on a reply above :) i think its the best way to combat this as a whole rather then trying to target it lower down the chain.