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December 8, 2009

Government plans “Green Cross Code” to keep kids safe online

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by Darren Allan

The government has announced that it is to bring in a modern version of the “Green Cross Code” to help keep children safe online.

The campaign’s motto will be “Zip it, Block it, Flag it” rather than “Stop, Look and Listen”, but the core safety message is the same – think about what you’re doing.

However, the campaign itself will be called “Click Clever Click Safe”, and it has been drawn up by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

It will be introduced as a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school kids from 2011, and will encourage them to report suspicious material or messages they encounter online. That’s the “Flag it” part of the message.

“Zip it” refers to not giving out any information online, such as your address, and “Block it” means that children should block any messages they might receive from strangers on social networking sites or instant messaging programs.

The campaign will also see the development of a “one-stop shop” website packed with Internet safety advice being made available to parents, which will be hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP).

Gordon Brown commented: “The internet provides our children with a world of entertainment, opportunity and knowledge – a world literally at their fingertips. But we must ensure that the virtual world is as safe for them as this one.”

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