E-safety is a complex and often contentious issue in the Education Sector. Just as we teach our students about other issues, helping them to use technology safely and responsibly is an ongoing responsibility.
For NQTs and Trainee Teachers entering the profession, technology is a vital part of your professional and personal lives. Managing your digital profile is important.
Young people you teach may well search for you on 'Facebook'. Checking your privacy settings and online content are important before you go into the classroom.
The following checklist has been designed to help you face these challenges whether at school or at home, in the classroom, or in the wider school community.
Thanks to Rachel Martin in New York from Learning Haven for her positive feedback. She used some of the resources on this Libguide to help her students find out more about E-safety. One of her students Jennifer found out some interesting information on this website which would be useful for grown ups about how to stay safe on dating website. Many thanks for sharing!
All schools and colleges should have their own E-safety policy. E-safety has become more important as the use of technology and the Internet in schools and colleges has increased. An exert from the Ofsted briefing below helps to clarify the issues.
'In the context of an inspection, e-safety may be described as the school’s ability:
to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology
to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.
The breadth of issues classified within e-safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
contact: being subjected to harmful on-line interaction with other users
conduct: personal on-line behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.'
From OFSTED Inspecting e-safety in schools Briefing for section 5 inspection Published: January 2014
The BBC has some excellent resources for children including videos and quizzes to help them stay safe.
Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
Childnet also run a film making competition for young people. See the winners on this page
Think U Know
This website form the Nation Crime Agency has lots of information as well as teaching resources related to E-Safety