Safeguarding Children on the Internet Certification
The internet is an invaluable tool for discovery and learning, but it can also be a dangerous place for the most vulnerable among us. Whether you’re a teacher, in school administration, a parent or you work with children in some other capacity, this course will teach you how to better protect those too young to protect themselves.
From cyberbullying to identity theft, there are numerous threats that today’s children face that simply did not exist in previous generations.
In this interesting 10 module, 15 hour course, your team member will learn to create a dialogue with children, when it comes to the potential hazards associated with use of the internet. Furthermore, they will learn to recognise possible warning signs, if a child is being bullied or otherwise abused in their online interactions.
If you work with children, having the tools that this course will give you is absolutely essential.
What’s Covered in the Course?
Your team members enrolled on this course can expect to cover the following:
- How developing a clear line of communication with a child can help you recognise threats, before they get out of control;
- The tools that are available, to help you monitor online activity and block harmful content, and how to stop children from working around such tools;
- What internet addiction is and what can be done, if you suspect that a child is suffering from it;
- The signs that a child is developing an online relationship and how to identify if that relationship is healthy;
- How to approach the sensitive subject of the use of online pornography and how to know if a child has been accessing it;
- Some of the dangerous, violent and extremist content that is available and how to protect a child from it;
- How predators use the internet, to lure in children and signs that a child is in contact with one;
- What cyber bullies are and what to do, if you suspect that a child is using the internet, in order to bully others;
- How to identify if a child has become the victim of online bullying;
- What are the most current apps and software that children are using and the potential risks associated with them;
- Teaching online privacy and why it’s so important to protect your personal information.
What are the Benefits of the Course?
Your team members will acquire a range of benefits, when studying this course, and some of these include:
- Making the internet a safer place for children, using these new and valuable skills;
- The ability to study at the time and from the place that best suits them;
- Upon completion of the course, they will receive an industry-recognised and fully-accredited certification;
- Study materials are available on all major devices and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Reasons why the dangers of the digital era must be taken seriously, when it comes to child safety.
- Exactly how and why children make use of the internet, for both educational and recreational purposes.
- How to strike a balance between appropriate concern for your child’s wellbeing and remaining protective with regards to online activities.
- The specific sources of danger that children may encounter, when they use the internet.
- The prevalence of social media use amongst children and teenagers.
- The most common ways in which children and teenagers use social media.
- The most popular social media platforms with different age groups.
- The importance of teaching your child to use privacy settings as a means of protecting their personal information and identity from misuse.
- Why you must be prepared to support your child, in the event that they become a victim of bullying.
- The factors that may make a child or teenager particularly vulnerable to cyber-bullying.
- How to spot the signs that indicate your child may be a victim of bullying.
- How children and teenagers feel when they are on the receiving end of cyber-bullying.
- How you may feel if and when you discover that your child has been subjecting others to bullying or harassing behaviour.
- Why you should not hold yourself completely accountable for your child's actions.
- How best to talk to your child if they have been accused of bullying behaviours.
- The legal consequences your child can expect if they have been involved in serious or sustained online harassment.
- Why good communication skills are important in keeping your child safe online.
- The sensitive issues you will have to discuss with your child when educating them about online safety.
- The barriers you may encounter when you try to talk to your child about sensitive issues.
- How to encourage your child to talk to you about their fears and concerns.
- What is meant by the term “grooming' and why parents need to be aware of the dangers.
- The various types of online grooming used by predators on the internet.
- How the grooming process typically unfolds, from beginning to end.
- How to spot the signs of grooming and abuse in children and teenagers.
- The kinds of extreme material that children and teenagers can view online.
- The potential effects of viewing such material on children and teenagers.
- The ways in which online material can shape the opinions of children and teenagers.
- The nature of extremist and radical political content and how its impact can be lessened.
- What children and teenagers learn about sex, gender roles and relationships online.
- Research findings, which indicate that viewing pornography may have a negative long-term effect on healthy sexual development and the ability to form appropriate relationships.
- How to talk to your child about pornography and other sexually explicit material.
- How children and young people use the internet to date and develop romantic relationships.
- What internet addiction is, the main symptoms and the long-term effects if it is left untreated.
- Why you need to remain alert to the possibility of internet addiction in children and teenagers.
- The factors that make an individual more susceptible than average to developing an internet addiction.
- How you can help your child or teenager cut down on their internet use.
Who can take the Safeguarding Children on Internet Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 9 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 9 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 9 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Safeguarding Children on Internet Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.