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Childnet has worked closely with a number of Local Education Authorities (LEA), libraries, social services teams and regional police forces on developing internet safety programmes. We believe that in terms of reaching pupils and families it is vital that all sectors play their part and are proactive in helping children understand how to be safe online wherever they are using computers. Childnet is happy to work in close partnership with all strategic bodies who would like to use our materials and expertise and we are able to adapt our resources for specific audiences if necessary.

Childnet have distributed over 2 million of their Kidsmart resources to over 12,000 schools in the UK. LEA’s have played a vital role in helping to distribute these free resources to schools in their borough, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn about online safety. If your borough would like all of it’s pupils to receive these leaflets please contact kidsmart@childnet.com to organise this.

If you think the Kidsmart leaflets, posters and other resources outlined on this website would be helpful in your work, or if you need advice on how to develop your own internet awareness programme Childnet staff can help you.

kidsmart leafletsFor example, if you would like to consider using the Kidsmart leaflets, Childnet can arrange for bulk orders. If re-printing is needed it may be possible to make minor changes on the back panel of the leaflet and include other local or specialist website resources and organisation contact details and logos. Charges for using the content and making minor adaptations as well as print costs and distribution would need to be made, but Childnet staff can advise.

In 2003 over half a million of the Kidsmart leaflets were distributed by social service teams in N.Ireland to every school. These were received with very high praise from both parents, schools and other organisations. As Tony Rodgers, Assistant Director of Social Services/SACPC Chairman writes,

The Area Child Protection Committees in N.Ireland worked with Childnet on a major public awareness programme to help both parents and children understand the internet safety issues. The leaflets which Childnet produced were highly effective at helping us to convey to the public relevant information about a sensitive subject in a way which was balanced and attractive to different audiences. Working with the Education and Library Boards we distributed half a million leaflets to every school to pass on to their pupils and parents. These were universally welcomed and indeed we have had demands for further copies from Early Years providers and Community Groups. This cross-fertilisation is vital if we are to reach all parents with the same message of taking an interest in their children's online activity. I would strongly recommend these leaflets and the short and simple SMART messages which both parents, teachers and children can absorb and understand. I would recommend Childnet's work to other agencies and encourage others to learn from our success of working with Childnet.

A number of LEA's have ordered bulk quantities of the resources for distribution in their boroughs. These have included Oxfordshire, Northumberland, York, Buckinghamshire, Lewisham, Ealing, Havering, and most recently Islington. Often LEA's like to send them out with as part of an internet safety pack. Steve Bunce at Northumberland LEA wrote to us saying:

"We have a package of internet safety information to send out to the schools (broadband filtering etc.) and so it was decided to include the Kidsmart leaflets in this mail-out. We are confident that they will be well received and useful to all schools in our area."

Gwent Theatre company who originally toured with the Kidsmart roadshow in 2002 and performed the highly acclaimed "Stranger in the House" drama would be willing to tour with the drama again if further funding was made possible. LEA's interested in sponsoring such a regional tour in local schools should contact the Childnet staff.

For further information, advice, or help ordering please contact kidsmart@childnet.com

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