Zip it, Block It, Flag It. The new 'green cross code' for Internet safety Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 8th Dec 2009
Kids are taught "stop, look, listen" to make sure they cross the road safely but now the government is bringing that to the 21st century with computers and the internet.
The new digital code to be taught at primary schools will follow a similar pattern - "Zip it, Block it, Flag it"
The new code which is part of the government strategy called "Click Clever, Click Safe", drawn up by the UK council on Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). This is compulsory to be taught to children from the age 5 and up in England from 2011.
The three parts of the green cross code are fairly simple..
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.