Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hectors World

I had an e-mail last Thursday announcing the launch by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children

Hectors World
a series of animations aimed at 5-11 year olds has been launched on thinkuknow. From a successful New Zealand project they are to support teachers in internet safety work with those very young children.

Jim Gamble Chief Executive of the CEOP:

We know that children are now using the internet at an increasingly young age. Recent research, coupled with feedback from our own youth panel and our work with parents, show that children are exploring the online world from as young as five years old.

Liz Butterfield, Managing Director of Hectors World

Learning how to protect your personal information online is a fundamental skill for children today, especially considering the downward trend in the age children first access the Internet. Hectors World offers the ‘building blocks’ of the skills and values children will need online.

I see them being used and mediated by a teacher rather than the children watching and learning directly from them… of the five I’ve only looked at one and wondered about the language level and the story line for five year olds. Let me know what you think.

On another note… the information arrived in an e-mail without one live link.. sorry there was one a link to OFCOM’s submission to the Byron Review.. all the other links above I’ve searched out and it could be argued that anyone really interested could do the same, but here they missed the opportunity to enable people to find out more about CEOPS and thinkuknow and use their resources in learning and teaching.

1 comment:

Geoff Dellow said...

I'm saddened by this preoccupation with protecting young children.

It encourages the view that there are dangers to be avoided.

In practice the police do not support this view. The dangers are infinitesimally small far less that sending your children across the street to play in the playground. Or even to go down to the corner shop to buy sweets.

Society at the moment is preoccupied with dangers that hardly exist. We think they are far greater than in reality because one incident is magnified by all the media attention.

"Don't tell youngsters in the street to pick up litter - they might knife you"

"Don't encourage students to explore the wonderful benefits of Youtube"

It's almost as bad as "Don't let your children climb trees unattended"

As teachers we could instead encourage our parents and their children to take risks with us and them supporting them. This is a far healthier route to take.

Learn to take lots of risks and learn how to deal when 'trouble' occurs if ever it happens.

Children by nature (thank goodness) love taking risks and testing their environment. So what happens is that they then take risks without letting their teachers or their parents know if there is an atmosphere that their risk taking is disapproved of. POS (Parent over Shoulder) is a sign of this.

Long live the risk takers: they are truly keeping the society around them healthy.

Thankfully I mix with some young mothers in their early thirties with children between 5 and 13 months who are allowed to take supervised risks all the time. They are growing into very healthy children having adjusted to all those lovely germs and dangerous objects and situations.

I feel the approaches you describe is generating problems rather than helping them. Best not talked about.

The problem is mainly imagined!