“ ...we don't block MySpace etc here but we do limit the amount of bandwidth available to it. We are struggling with the same issues as everyone else in terms of our responsibility to the students and supporting and educating them to use the Internet wisely...”
“ we simply cannot control the content on YouTube and MySpace and although there may be some useful things for education out there - that is not what students are looking at.”
“ Tell them to read the Demos paper 'Their Space'. Have they told their pupils not to cross the road when coming to school because it might be dangerous? Is this the King Canute School of Marine Studies?”
“ We do have an anti-bullying policy...we do not monitor what is said in corridors but we will take action if an incident is reported following a conversation between 2 students in a corridor. I have had to deal with a series of 'hate sites' set up on the likes of bebo and consequently have restricted access.”
“ Maybe they should concentrate on TEACHING their students how to use the Internet responsibly, then there would be no need to ban things! You are responsible for what you look at and what you post, and blocking sites indiscriminately does the students no service.”
From a discussion on the JISCmail Curriculum Champions mailing list Jan 07 and ongoing Where it all started....
Safeguarding learners in a digital world – key messages for FE and Skills providers
It is about education, ensuring that learners develop the skills to safeguard themselves.
It is about Risk Assessment
You need to take account of the complexity of the landscape and work with all partners to ensure a consistent and contiguous approach
Managers, staff and learners all need to be involved in developing Acceptable Use Policies
Responsibility and reporting methods for safeguarding learners using technology need to be clear to all the staff and learners
Consider that learners may be good users but not sufficiently aware of risks and staff may not be aware of technologies