Saturday, August 28, 2010

Learn, Guide, Protect - Netsafe's new approach to cybersafety

Was able to spend an hour or so at the launch of the new Netsafe website aimed at promoting cybersafety for students (in fact aimed at everyone, not just students) last night. There was s small group of teachers from schools around Auckland and we were shown a brief look at the new website that Marty, Sean and Nancy have put together.

While I haven't yet had the chance to look in detail at the site I think the approach the team has taken is admirable - allowing users to add "bits" to the system - very much a social environment where those who want to can contribute to the greater benefit of all in this area of helping people make good choices out on the net.

The new approach is Learn/Guide/Protect and rather than be prescriptive, attempts to make the best information available and under a Creative Commons 3.0 license allows any user to reuse/remix and of the "bits" of information" for themselves. I will certainly be looking to use the reference materials in the site with our staff and parent communities at every opportunity over the next few months.

The site is due to go live at Ulearn in October, but have a look and provide some feedback to the team at Netsafe from next week when you should be able to register for an account.

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