Net safety

Colleague Ian Mckee passed on this background briefing from ABCs radio national. Again the message is that we need to educate kids about Internet safety and not rely on filters to do the job. Kids are too savvy these days not to bypass filters, they also feel confronted by such prohibition. As we have found in NSW Department Education & Training, filtering can be a clumsy centralised- ‘one size fits all’ response to evoking responsible behaviour. Instead it serves as another reason students (and teachers) are working online at home. The fact that filtering doesn’t work on mobile phones (esp 3G networks), is another reason for taking a different tack.


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I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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One Response to Net safety

  1. Ian says:

    Funny how the penny hasn’t dropped within the political realm especially when we are in an election cycle. The federal government has just announced a massive funding boost for NetAlert filtering services as part of his campaign.
    Read the news article “Howard’s net porn crusade” at,25197,22219587-601,00.html
    and judge for yourself how successful they might be in ‘protecting families’ – mind you their site hasn’t been able to handle the load following the media coverage this morning.

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