What is e-safety?

The age of the Internet has resulted in an explosion of digital communications technologies. The outcomes of this cannot be understated: the ability to carry out an operation from another part of the world; navigate a car using satellite technology previously only available to the military; remotely search for trapped persons after a disaster; talk for free with relatives on the opposite side of the world.

These same digital technologies have also transformed education, not just for use within ICT but also for every curriculum subject: using Google maps in Geography; collaborative working in English; digitally studying the human body in science and much more.

Unfortunately the free and easy use of digital communications, has also meant there are risks and dangers to both children and adults. ChildProtectionCompany.com provide an online training course which will introduce you to some of these risks and help you to understand where these risks come from.

It is important to remember the question, “what is appropriate?”; it is an impossible question to answer in general context, although there are some obvious examples: adult images, drug paraphernalia (unless in an educational context), bullying and hatred.

The Internet is worldwide, there is content of every conceivable and inconceivable subject that you can imagine. “What is appropriate” has many factors, i.e. what is the age of the person viewing the content? What country is the content hosted in? Is there a religious context which some may find offensive?