An internet Green Cross Code for kids

Graham Cluley

English primary schoolchildren (5-11 years old) will be taught about how to stay safe on the internet from 2011, as part of a Government awareness strategy being unveiled today called “Click Clever, Click Safe”.

Echoing the “Green Cross Code” which is used to remind children how to cross the road safely, kids will be taught to “Zip it, Block it, Flag it”.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that he hopes that “‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ will become as familiar to this generation as ‘stop, look, listen’ did to the last.”

But what does “Zip it, Block it, Flag it” mean?

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.