March 30, 2015
The brilliant annual Safer Internet Day took place in February this year, the team behind it have launched this great video of young people’s promises. This can be an activity for any group to recreate with adults too. Everyone of course has a role in creating a safer internet! Well done though to the UK Safer Internet Centre.
#Up2Us, a film made by over 150 schoolchildren about their online experiences – both good and bad – which aims to inspire young people across the UK to do something kind online this Safer Internet Day. The film features children from schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be premiered at events across the UK
March 4, 2015
In Highland, we’re in the process of revamping a number of our E-Safety activities and resources guidance. Rather than focus on some key resources we’re putting the emphasis on Digital Literacy Skills linked to significant aspects of learning. Skills that can underpin lifelong behaviours and habits no matter what platforms or faddy apps come and go. We particularly like some of the progression frameworks that are provided in the 360 degree safe tool.
One activity we will not be recommending that teachers carry out is the ‘please like this picture and share it so my class can see how far it goes’ activity. Why? Well here’s a few thoughts… Approaches that emphasise that privacy settings are not a safeguard for inappropriate content or guaranteed confidentiality still remain key. However, although this is a well intended activity, it really does not facilitate the development of essential skills, it is more of a shock based approach, but it is flawed from the outset.
The image comes with an explicit plea / suggestion / command to ‘like and share’, friends, friends of friends etc will naturally feel more compelled to share – it therefore really does not present a meaningful example of a photo being liked and shared on its own merit. To that end it’s a bit like the old fashioned chain letter. If you want an example of something genuinely going unintentionally viral just look at the recent black and blue / white gold image.
The activity has the potential to cause distress and upset to the teacher as this recent example highlights. It is a reminder that pictures can be augmented yes, but no educational activity should ever place a teacher or educational professional in a situation of distress.
As part of our approach we ask everyone to become good role models, everyone has a role in creating a safer internet, not contributing to ever increasing unnecessary spam type reposts furnishing the ever present echo chambers that many news feeds have become. The idea that technology can offer opportunities for learners to be creative, develop their own individuality and content is much much more exciting.
Thanks to Simon Finch (Digitally Confident) for kicking off these discussions.
February 17, 2015
BRAND NEW CEOP RESOURCE: The Thinkuknow Toolkit
On behalf on CEOP and the Thinkuknow Team
We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Thinkuknow Toolkit, with fifteen fun, engaging learning activities based on the 11-13 and 14+ areas of the website.
The Toolkit helps you transform the Thinkuknow website from a reference tool into an interactive resource. With clear practitioner guidance and engaging photocopiable learning materials, each activity gets young people thinking and talking about key issues related to sex, relationships and the internet, delivers safety messages, and encourages them to return to the website in their own time.
Topics include sexting, webcam, using social networks, inappropriate content and chatting with strangers online. Young people ‘speed friend’ fictional characters before finding out who they have really contacted online; debate the rights and wrongs of a media story about a celebrity whose nude selfies were leaked online; and design their own apps to help their peers stay safe.
You can download the Thinkuknow Toolkit now! You’ll find it under the Key Stage 3/4 tab in the Resources section of your online account atwww.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/resources.
Don’t forget you’ll find plenty more resources for use with children and young people aged 5 to 17, and with parents, at thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers.
July 14, 2014
From our friends at the South West Grid for Learning
Many young adults are now looking forwards to going onto University representing a momentous occasion in their lives, often coupled with leaving home and signifying their first real taste of independence.
The internet will play an integral part in this transition, both in terms of socialising and learning, however some will face online issues such as cyberbullying and trolling, protecting their reputation and their privacy online. Very often, these situations are compounded as the support systems they have relied upon in school are not as readily available to them anymore.
With this in mind, The South West Grid for Learning have created some brand new fact sheets that Universities can adopt and share with their student communities. These are designed to provide some useful tips and links and above all provide some food for thought for students to consider their online behaviour and its consequences.
May 13, 2014
From time to time, links to video clips which are particularly effective and worth sharing with pupils and parents alike, will be posted on this blog.
The link below is to a fun video clip (created by English National Opera) which ably demonstrates how our actions, requests and even terminology used in the ‘online world’ can look very silly and desperate when translated into the ‘real’ world. This clip was shown to P6 and P7 pupils at Milton of Leys Primary yesterday (Mon 12th May’14) and generated much discussion and proved to be more thought provoking than originally expected.
May 13, 2014
In the news this morning…
Is the coming together of four of the UK’s big internet providers to launch a new site, Internet Matters:
This is a useful site designed to provide some support and guidance to parents who are concerned about what their kids are up to whilst online. There are some useful links from within the site which are worth following for even more information.
May 13, 2014
This blog has been inactive recently due to a change of personnel with lead responsibility for E-Safety but will now be regularly updated in a similar way to previous years and building on the excellent work started by Louise Jones.
I would encourage you to subscribe to this blog so that you receive automatic notification of any new posts and are kept in the loop of any key developments in the world of Internet Safety.
Head Teacher, Milton of Leys Primary