Using the Internet safely

Tuesday the 9th February 2016 is ‘Safer Internet Day 2016’. Celebrated in more than one hundred countries, the day is described by the organisers as 'the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better Internet.'

ASDAN supports this initiative and has developed resources for teachers inside and outside of formal education.

Lifeskills Challenge is an online platform that offers a flexible way to recognise and reward small steps of achievement, with a focus on personalised learning and progression. This e-learning resource comprises more than 30 specific challenges that are based around aspects of safeguarding and raising awareness of taking part in a safer online community. These challenges can be accessed via the Challenges page using the keyword ‘safeguarding’.

The safeguarding challenges have been written for all levels of learner ability, from those working towards Entry 1 right through to Level 2. In completing these challenges, learners will develop numerous ASDAN skills including Communication, Use of IT and Coping with Problems.

These challenges are based on various topics around the safe use of the Internet, such as playing safely, the use of appropriate passwords and raising awareness of online grooming and sexting. The programme also comes with ASDAN certification, which provides recognition for small steps of achievement.

To find out more about how you can get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016, including their Thunderclap and #shareaheart campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, visit the Safer Internet Day website.

This guest blog was written by Gareth Lewis, writer of the THIS Education blog. You can follow Gareth on Twitter @GarethLewis76

Author: ASDAN, ASDAN

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