The Board publishes guides to help educate parents on the safe use of the Internet and ICTs


On the occasion of the commemoration of the approval 20 November 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly, the delegate of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, Miguel Angel Lopez Tortosa, and the delegate of Education, Francisca Fernández Ortega, today presented the updated guidelines 'Educate to protect' developed by the Andalusia Digital Commitment initiative, offering parents resources and advice to enable them to educate their children in the safe and responsible use of new technologies (TICs) e Internet.

Tortosa Lopez stressed that Andalusia "is a national pioneer in this field with the Decree 25/2007 Child Protection in the use of Internet and ICT, un marco normativo propio para fomentar la prevención, safety and training of children and their families in the use of new technologies and the Internet "and its tool Andalusia Digital Commitment (ACD), in addition to reducing the digital divide, It builds confidence and security in the use of information and communications technology with training activities, awareness and training, among which awareness days 'Educate to protect' and the updated guidelines.

The territorial delegate said that "the Internet is a fundamental tool for the development of people and the economy and to remain a free and open environment we need to ensure the safety and rights of people in cyberspace, especially our children and youth ". Tortosa Lopez has further informed that the 83,6% of boys and girls use the Internet Almeria, the 89,5% computer and almost 60% They have mobile phone.

"Parents today face a new challenge, to teach their children to be protected and used responsibly and respectfully new technologies, but many are unaware: to help we offer these guidelines ", Miguel Angel explained Tortosa, who has detailed edited from 2009, date from which accumulate over 10.000 downloads.

Positive use of ICT

For his part, the delegate of Education, Francisca Fernández, he noted that these guidelines are intended to "help parents to find a balance in the use of new technologies so that they are useful for the development of children, and adolescents as individuals based on a relationship of affection, respect and communication "and explained that the Ministry of Education, within their programs of healthy lifestyles, develops actions to work the positive use of technology as 'Growing Health', aimed at students and Primary, and 'How young in education', for Secondary.

"These programs promote the development of skills for the responsible use of ICT-based building significant knowledge and adjusted to the reality that allows for a critical use, rational and reflective of the tools and the information they provide and their impact on leisure time ", he remarked Fernández Ortega, who has announced mandatory training activities for teachers in each educational coordinator in the program will be planned at plant level: the 24 November in the three CEPs in the province for the program 'Growing Health' (groups, one in the CEP for the Ejido Almeria and Almeria and one in the CEP Cuevas-Olula) and 27 and 30 November for 'Shape Young' with the same distribution.

Francisca Fernandez has detailed the contents of the guides, both aimed at parents of children 3 a 11 years as designed for parents of teenagers. In the first type starts addressing the concept of 'digital orphans' to refer to children who, due to lack of ICT by their 'parents analog', They have had to learn to use them for themselves. The guide emphasizes the importance of who knows what and for various technological devices and tools used on the Internet so they can help their children in their education on values ​​in use.

The guides explain that ICTs "are not gibberish, They serve not only to play or are dangerous in itself, but can be a very useful tool and parents should know their profits and which are suitable for each stage of development ". The guide also invites reflection on how and where children use new technologies, reports virtues that should be enhanced as curiosity, critical thinking and the ability to adapt and avoid risks, as the tendency to unlimited consumption, excessive individualism or loss of human perspective, inviting parents to play with their descendants and used together ICT.

As for the guide for parents of teenage, It gives them advice on how to relate to them in general, an approach on how to use ICT to communicate and solve daily problems and advises them how to guide adolescents in the proper use of new technologies with common sense, prudence, patience, Respect and Responsibility.

The guide tells more resources used for this age group (blogs, instant Messenger, videjuegos, social media, download documents) and how to avoid risks such as cyberbullying. Provides advice as to provide data to locate, caring publishing personal photos or publish illegal materials, addresses non-sexist education and answers to specific questions such as what to do if your child chatting with someone and not know who, if all day at the computer, up Internet photos of him or is bullied through social networks.

Links to download the guides:

Guide for parents of children under 3 a 11 years old: version Full and summary

Guide for parents of teenagers: version Full and summary