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E-Safety Issues for Primary Teachers


What are the e-safety issues faced by Primary-school-aged children? How as teachers can we educate children about potential risks as well as the benefits of the Internet and other digital tools? What …

What are the e-safety issues faced by Primary-school-aged children? How as teachers can we educate children about potential risks as well as the benefits of the Internet and other digital tools? What resources are available to support teachers/parents/children?

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  • Many teachers find keeping up to date with children’s use of technology is challenging. Knowing the trends in children’s use of technology and the kind of environment they are immersed in is key to giving them the right advice and guidance in a timely and age-appropriate way. E-safety relates to many parts of the curriculum, including ICT, citizenship and PHSE. More broadly, however, because technology can be used in any subject area, it is relevant to all teachers.
  • In discussion the above issues are often mentioned.
  • UK Children Go Online Economic and Social Research Council, 2005Your Safety Net London, UK: Association of Teachers and Lecturers, 2002
Signposts to safety, Becta (2004)E-safety: the experience in English educational establishments, Becta (2005)E-safety; Developing Whole-School Policies to Support Effective Practice, Becta (2006)
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  • 1. E-Safety
  • 2. E-Safety: RisksWhat are the e-safety issues for thefollowing school stake-holders?• School Management• Pupils• Teachers
  • 3. The 3 „C‟s
  • 4. The need for e-safety educationHalf (49%) of young people questioned say they havegiven out personal information, such as their full names,ages, email addresses, phone numbers, hobbies ornames of their schools, to someone they met on theinternet.By contrast, only 5% of parents think their child hasgiven out such information. (Source: UK Children GoOnline.)Prior to the launch of the Child Exploitation and OnlineProtection Centre (CEOP), there was no centralisedcollection of details of internet-related abuse in the UK,and not all victims reported incidents.
  • 5. Contact• CEOP - Child exploitation and online protection• Childnet International• Watch CEOP film„Jigsaw‟
  • 6. Jigsaw – Discussion Points• How could children behave differently online to offline?• How could they put themselves at risk?• Other than engaging with strangers, what are the other risks of being online?• What advice would you give children to help them keep safe?
  • 7. Content• Inappropriate - How would you respond?• Inaccurate - How do you know?• Plagiarism/Copyright• User generated - “Produsers”
  • 8. Commercialism• E-commerce• Privacy• Junk/Spam• premium rates
  • 9. Research & Reports• The Byron Review• UK Kids Go Online• Ethical issues for schools
  • 10. What children say“Kids don’t need protection we needguidance. If you protect us you aremaking us weaker. We don’tgo throughall the trial and error necessary to learnwhat we need to survive on our own…don’t fight our battles for us just give usassistance when we need it.”Byron Review, 2009
  • 11. Teaching Practice• Whose responsibility is it to tackle issues of e-safety?(Parents Teacher? Whole school?)• How do we address the issues through our practice?• Responding to incidents• Pre-emptive approaches• School policy – Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)• Your own professional conduct• Confidentiality of pupil information• Your personal/professional online presence
  • 12. Digital Dirt
  • 13. ProfessionalvsPersonal Life
  • 14. Ofsted – ICT SubjectGuidance
  • 15. Useful Resources•CEOP - Child exploitation and online protection•ChildnetInternational• Thinkuknow resources for children of all ages as well as forparents/carers and teachers)•Kidsmart (resources for young children)• Jenny‟s Story DVD (an Internet safety resource for KS3)•KnowITall for trainee teachers
  • 16. References• Byron, T. (2008) Safer Children in a Digital World: Report of The Byron Review, Available: 20Bookmarked.pdf• Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre CEOP -• Chilnet International -• Livingstone, S. &Bober, M (2005) UK Kids Go Online, London: LSE, available:
  • 17. Weebly
  • 18. Task• Create aWeeblye-safety resource page• What are the relevant challenges that children face?• How could you design page so that it‟s a coherent resource and is engaging for pupils?• Think carefully about the quality for your resources• How do your resources connect / combine on your page?• How do you educate rather than frighten children?