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. 😀
Well, it’s all hard. I thought it would be all easy (really I did – I am a REALLY good planner) but many parts are hard. Saying goodbye to loved ones (who all act like you are moving to the moon as opposed to a country 6 hours away by plane), realizing you have to find a NEW fav book store/bike shop/local pub/burger joint, coming to grips with the fact that you actually do NOT need to transport your 7th grade passed notes. All tough.
But the WORST is figuring out the PETS passport regulations:
My beloved Linus P Alexander has to stay with my family until Christmas when I come back for a visit.
The rules are rigid as the UK has abolished rabies and is justifiably paranoid of it’s return. If you violate any of the rules, they take your dog and put him in quarantine! for 6 months!
So I followed the rules and, get this, THE RULES INCLUDE A 6 MONTH WAIT TOO! I was hysterical for a couple days. At least he will be with family, but still, I won’t wake up to his snorting face in mine, pleading to go out for a walk. 😦
So beware! and follow the rules!
- Have your pet microchipped
Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.
- Have your pet vaccinated
After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination
- Arrange a blood test
After your pet has been vaccinated, it must be blood tested to make sure that the vaccine has given it a satisfactory level of protection against rabies.
- Get PETS documentation
For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland are also issuing passports.
- Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm
Your pet must be treated against ticks and tapeworms not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for its journey into the UK.
- Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route
Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
Linus says hi (snort).