Πολυμεσικό υλικό για την ασφαλή χρήση του διαδικτύου
Τζιώλη, Αθανασία Α.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Internet is broadly acknowledged as a fascinating place for young students to wander around and indulge in, it concomitantly poses great risks to their privacy and personal security. Based on this perspective, students need to be soundly informed about the dangers involved before accessing it. The present research work is principally aimed at informing educators about internet safety through multimedia-enhanced, supportive material, facilitated by a website, titled ‘BEsafe’. In this website, ideas for innovative activities, targeted at both educators and parents so as to help young students comprehend and fortify themselves against the potential dangers posed by the Internet, are extensively offered. Supportive material for another website, titled ‘Safe Social Media’ (www.safesocialmedia.org), is also encompassed in ‘BEsafe’. Initially, the architecture and the resources employed to create the ‘BEsafe’ website are thoroughly presented. The proposed website includes material intended for use by three types of users, namely children, teachers and parents, who can profit immensely from enriching their knowledge regarding the issue of ‘Safe Internet use’. A typical Likert-scale questionnaire has served as the research tool within the context of this thesis, in order to gather data central to improving the aforementioned sites. According to the results obtained through the analysis of the questionnaire, answered by teachers, it could be stated that these two sites satisfy teachers’, students’ and parents’ needs in terms of the Internet safety issue sufficiently. Finally, suggestions for further research are discussed within this thesis. In more specific terms, a visit to a school, where the abovementioned websites will be presented to teachers, parents and children, is proposed to enable the provision of constructive feedback that can tremendously assist their being improved.