Children will be taught to “zip it, block it and flag it,” under a new code for internet safety to be taught in every primary school in England from the age of five.
For the first time, web safety skills will be a compulsory part of the curriculum to help tackle the problem of cyber-bullying and online grooming by paedophiles.
The plans, launched by the prime minister in London today, come after a major review of online safety by the child psychologist Tanya Byron, and were drawn up by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.
The “zip it, block it, flag it” code is based on the green cross code. Children will be advised not to disclose personal information, to block contact from people who are bullying or harassing them, and to flag up any problems up to parents, teachers or website providers.
Love it. Like “Stop, Drop & Roll” but on the internet. 😀