Warwickshire - Protection from cyberbullies

22nd May 2009 at 01:00

More than 80,000 pupils have been given access to a free e-safety computer program to ensure they do not fall victim to cyberbullies or paedophiles while surfing the internet at home.

The county council is offering free downloads of CyberSentinel, which is already used in schools across the country. The program recognises key words that could signal danger, blocking associated content from appearing on chatrooms, social-networking sites or instant-messaging programs.

These key words cover cyberbullying, gambling, suicide and self-harm, as well as guarding against potential paedophiles.

The council hopes that the program will enable it to extend home internet use among schoolchildren, while guaranteeing their safety.

The scheme was launched by TV psychologist Tanya Byron, who said that such e-safety programs allowed children to explore the internet freely. "Parents may be tempted to prohibit internet use for their children, but this is not the answer," she said. AB.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today