Zip it, Block It, Flag It. The new 'green cross code' for Internet safety
The green cross code - Stop, Look, Listen - are the rules taught to children to make sure they cross the road safely, and the new digital code to be taught at primary schools will follow a similar pattern- 'Zip It, Block It, Flag it'. The new online green cross code is part of a government strategy called "Click Clever, Click Safe", drawn up by the UK Council on Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). Part of this involves making it compulsory to teach online safety to children aged 5 and up in England from 2011. The three parts of the green cross code are fairly self explanatory:
Zip It - Protect yourself. Don't share personal details with strangers online
Block It - Stop unwanted emails coming to children and stop them accessing certain Internet sites
Flag It - Flag up any suspicious people or websites to the relevant person, whether parent, teacher or the police.
A Safer Internet week in February will launch the campaign which will target parents and children. More information is available from the UKCCIS website.