Ask students to work in pairs to brainstorm the kinds of issues that they think fit under the heading of E-Safety. Discuss ideas as a group.
Why? Schools are finding that a blocking and banning approach, which merely limits exposure to risk, may no longer be a sustainable approach. Children will experiment online, and while their confidence and enthusiasm for using new technologies may be high, their understanding of the opportunities and risks may be low, as will their ability for responding to any issues they encounter. Schools need to focus on a model of empowerment; equipping children with the skills and knowledge they need to use technology safely and responsibly, and managing the risks, wherever and whenever they go online; to promote safe and responsible behaviours in using technology both at school and in the home and beyond. Why do I need to take action?• Schools have a duty of care and must ensure they are able to safeguard children, young people and staff. n most cases, the misuse of ICT is not serious and an be dealt with at classroom level. In rare cases children can be in serious danger. Staff are also susceptible to risks, as is the integrity of the whole school community. • The Ofsted self-evaluation form (SEF) includes a new prompt specifically relating to e-safety. Question 4b reads: To what extent do learners feel safe and adopt safe practices? or example: the extent to which learners adopt safe and responsible practices, dealing sensibly with risk, n a range of activities within and outside the classroom, including the use of new technologies and he internet. The Byron Review has called on Ofsted to take various steps to hold schools to account for their performance in e-safety. All schools will need to actively monitor the impact of their e-safety policies and provide a comprehensive response to the SEF.
Use this slide to discuss issues arounde-safety. Which areas were missed out during the students’ initial brainstorm?
Issues of E-safety
What do you think are the issues?
Make a note of the kinds of issues that you
think fall under this heading?
“Kids don’t need protection we need guidance. If you
protect us you are making us weaker. We don’t go
through all the trial and error necessary to learn what
we need to survive on our own… don’t fight our battles
for us just give us assistance when we need it.”
Byron Review – Children and New Technology
How can we empower children
to keep themselves safe online?
Plagiarism and content:
Junk email or spam
Premium rate services
• Online grooming
• Social networking
• Inappropriate - How would you respond?
• Inaccurate - How do you know?
• User generated - “Produsers”
Martin Luther King, by Trikosko,
Marion S. [Public domain], via
• Junk/spam email
• Premium rate services By Maxi Gago (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0
By MediaPhoto.Org (mediaphoto.org Own work) [CC-BY-
• CEOP - Child exploitation and online protection
• Childnet International
• Thinkuknow (resources for children of all ages as well as for
parents/carers and teachers)
• Kidsmart (resources for young children)
• Jenny’s Story DVD (an Internet safety resource for KS3)
Whose responsibility is it to tackle issues of e-safety?
(Parents? Teacher? Whole school?)
How do we, as teachers, address the issues through our
Responding to incidents
Your own professional conduct
confidentiality of pupil information
your personal/professional online presence
Implications for teacher practice