Internet safety awareness for young people: a critical examination into the delivery of internet safety awareness programmes for children in England between the ages of 11 to 16

Stockwell, Barry (2013) Internet safety awareness for young people: a critical examination into the delivery of internet safety awareness programmes for children in England between the ages of 11 to 16. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation thesis provides a critical examination into the delivery of Internet Safety Awareness (ISA) programmes for children in England between the ages of 11 to 16 years old. The aim of the research was to critically examine the delivery of these programmes in both an English state school education context, as well as how parents are also delivering the message of Internet Safety Awareness to their children. The study also explored the work being done by other significant stakeholders to deliver this message.
    The research study set out to achieve this through the examination of the current literature base on the development of ISA programmes, and a review of any research on their impact. The research also considered how the current education policy in England influences the conduct of lessons in ISA to children in state education aged 11 to 16. The study further investigated how ISA is being provided to the same group through their families, including the role of child protection agencies. Finally, the study also provides a critical evaluation of how ISA education is adjusting to the increasing prevalence of modern personal technology.
    Through the use of the Case Study method, the research found that lessons in ISA are not currently built into the National Curriculum that most state schools follow. However, the UK Government is seeking to change this by transforming the dated ICT curriculum into the new lessons in ‘Computing’. The study also found that the current programmes and material available to teach children about Internet Safety Awareness are challenged by the need to constantly develop in order to keep up with the changes to the online environment. Importantly, the research demonstrated that teachers and parents must also continue to develop their own skills in this field so that they can help keep children in their care, safe from online risks. Finally, the study acknowledged that the responsibility for protecting children and young people online lies with a number of stakeholders.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 14:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14396

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