KIDS foundation launches e-safety book to protect pre-school children online

KIDS foundation launches e-safety book to protect pre-school children online

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided $90,000 in funding for the development of an e-safety book and app for local pre-school students.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Jennifer Leslie said the book and app would prove a wonderful educational resource for children, parents, and educators.

“The internet is a wonderful tool, but like any tool, unfortunately it can be dangerous if not used in the proper manner,” Jennifer said.

“In 2022, staying safe online is a critical life skill to teach our children, which means we need to ensure parents and educators know how to speak to children about the best ways to interact in an online environment, and the red flags they should be aware of.

“I also love that the book talks about the importance of putting the screens down and getting outside to enjoy a bit of fresh air and sunshine.”

Written by KIDS Foundation CEO and Founder, Dr Susie O’Neill, the books will be distributed to 26,000 children at 650 pre-schools across the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Central West, New England, and the Northern Rivers regions.

Susie’s passion for education around e-safety was further reinforced while at a KIDS Foundation Camp, where six-year-old Sophie shared her experience of being hacked while playing a popular online game.

The hacker appeared in the game’s chat function, Sophie thinking it was one of her friends using a different name, before realising something suspicious – and potentially dangerous – was happening.

“Hacking is scary and cyber safety is very important,” Sophie said.

It’s a sentiment with which Susie wholeheartedly agrees.

“We need to encourage children to speak up if they feel something is not right or they experience something out of the ordinary while online,” Susie said.

“These new tools share the importance of teaching children to use devices in shared zones around the home, setting time limits for online use and making sure adults maintain a dialogue around online safety.

“We love that Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has given KIDS the opportunity to put our e-safety program out to 26,000 preschool children, aged four to six, to navigate and use the internet safely, reducing the threats and risks like Sophie experienced.”

Also being launched is the SeeMore Safety App, which integrates the virtual SeeMore model into the real world, includes a photo gallery screen, and a page feature to make sharing photos simple and easy. Users can select to annotate photos to demonstrate their safety knowledge of the images taken.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has a proud association with KIDS Foundation dating back to 2009, during which time grants totalling over $500,000 have been made to assist with their important work.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in grants each year to facilitate charitable projects that make a difference to improving local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW.

 

IMAGE | Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided $90,000 in funding for the development of an e-safety book and app for local pre-school students.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes around $1.5 million in grants each year to facilitate charitable projects to address disadvantage in local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast, and Northern Rivers regions of NSW. Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $25 million to more than 540 community initiatives.

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