Children are exposed to the internet from a very young age in this modern world, and so it’s important to understand how to make it as safe as possible for them. If you work with children or young people, this course will be a valuable addition to your CV.
This course provides parents, carers and anyone working with children with an overview of the dangers children and young people face when they use the internet. It encourages parents and carers to develop strong lines of communication when talking with their children, and contains practical advice for holding conversations about sensitive issues including cyber-bullying, pornography use and online relationships.
What you will learn
In taking this course, you will learn the following:
- Why the dangers of the digital era must be taken seriously.
- How and why children make use of the internet.
- How to keep up to date with the latest technology and the tools your child is likely to be using online.
- The most common ways in which children and teenagers use social media.
- 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 to start a discussion with your child if you suspect that they are being bullied.
- How best to talk to your child if they have been accused of bullying behaviours.
- 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.
- How to develop your listening skills in such a way that your child will feel comfortable raising sensitive issues.
- How to discuss internet safety issues with children who have learning disabilities.
- 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.
- How to verify that an online “friend” is who they claim to be.
- The kinds of extreme material that children and teenagers can view online.
- The nature of extremist and radical political content and how its impact can be lessened.
- The kind of content posted on pro-eating disorder sites and how some websites normalise other mental illnesses and self-destructive behaviours.
- What children and teenagers learn about sex, gender roles and relationships online.
- The potential effects of viewing pornography 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.
- How to help your child if they have become involved in an abusive relationship.
- 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.
- The professional treatment options available to you and your child if their internet addiction appears to be out of control.
- Why you may want to consider using tools, such as monitoring applications, to keep your child safe online.
- The ways in which older children and teenagers may try to work around monitoring tools.
- The importance of using good communication in conjunction with monitoring tools.
Who can take the course?
Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?
The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Where / when can I study the course?
You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?
Once you have completed all modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 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%. If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it.
How long does it take to complete the 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.
- Module 1: Understanding Why Internet Safety Is So Important – How Children Use the Internet Today
- Module 2: Safe Use Of Social Media
- Module 3: How to Help a Child Suffering Online Bullying Or Harassment
- Module 4: What If My Child Is Bullying Others?
- Module 5: Talking To Children About Internet Safety
- Module 6: Online Grooming and How to Prevent It
- Module 7: Online Extremism and Managing The Risk Of Radicalisation
- Module 8: How The Internet Affects Young Peoples Attitudes Towards Sex and Relationships
- Module 9: Identifying, Preventing and Overcoming Internet Addiction in Children and Teenagers
- Module 10: Tools To Help You Monitor Your Child’s Internet Use
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Course Access: Lifetime
Exams Included: Yes
Compatibility: All major devices and browsers