HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1356W
Ms Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to include internet safety teaching in the National Curriculum. [158996]

Mr. Miliband

Internet safety underpins the use of ICT to support the creative delivery of the National Curriculum and the teaching and learning of ICT core skills.

Within the ICT curriculum and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) there is sufficient flexibility to include teaching about internet safety to pupils of all ages and for discussion about potential dangers when using the World Wide Web. Teachers are able to reinforce safe practice in any class where pupils are using the internet.

The Department's Superhighway Safety guidance and website includes advice on all aspects of internet safety including key areas such as e-mails for students, filtering systems, school websites and chat rooms. Schools are advised to have an acceptable-use policy signed by students and their parents, guardians or carers, detailing the ways the internet can or cannot be used. School plans detail how they will implement internet safety measures such as filtering, monitoring and providing protected environments.

The Internet Proficiency Certificate for primary pupils is a specific way of developing safe and discriminatory behaviours on the internet. We also provide GridClub as a safe environment for 7 to 11-year-olds to learn online in safety. The Parents Online website helps parents to help their children use the internet effectively and safely.