E-Safety Post

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Posted by Shane | Posted in Internet Safety | Posted on November 3, 2012

Hello. So hopefully most of you, at least in Group 2, noticed that I did not attend this session as I was on my 2B placement at the time. However when I discovered that the session had focused on E-Safety I was, admittedly, a bit relieved as this is an area that we have covered previously in ICT and that I have also had experience of teaching in schools, meaning that, hopefully, the gaps in my subject knowledge would not be too vast.

 

I feel it would be fair to say that most people in modern society are aware of the importance of E-Safety, or at least are becoming more and more aware, perhaps due to key examples highlighted in the press of situations where E-Safety has either not been delivered effectively or where ignorance concerning it has led to serious issues.

 

Issues such as these, that have been highlighted in the news have led to a greater significance being placed on the teaching of E-Safety in primary schools, especially as many children, rather worryingly perhaps, seem to have personal access to sites such as Facebook and services that have online facilities such as gaming sites/consoles. This in my opinion is disturbing as Facebook, as an example, is not permitted for children under 13 meaning many are potentially lying about their age.

 

In schools, as I have already mentioned, I have luckily had the opportunity to teach a session on E-Safety using a piece of software called Broadband Detectives. The session I taught focused on identifying who would be safe to talk to and who isn’t safe to talk to, using key features such as pictures, information provided and the relationship they share with that person. The main activity in the lesson involved selecting the cards that have people on who would be safe to talk to and all of the children could identify factors that help to identify people who are safe to talk to.

 

However children also need to feel safe online within school as well as out of school. This can be done by giving children advice as to how to stay safe online and also it is very common that a school will display posters providing similar advice to children, with the most common tips involving:

1. Always do what an adult has instructed you to do when using the computers,

2. If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable, tell an adult immediately,

3. Never give out personal information

Whilst these rules only provide a small part of the advice that can be given to children it is clear that these rules should apply anyway in other areas of the school meaning that the rules should be both easy to implement and also easy to follow.

 

So that was my blog about E-Safety, I feel that it is an area within ICT that I am fairly comfortable within as I have had experience of teaching and observing it in schools and would be confident that I could deliver sessions on it. One issue that did arise however, that I would be greatful if people would comment on, regards the Broadband Detectives software.

http://shop.sherston.com/sherston/brde-win-cdrm-1.html

 

As can be seen in this photo children are asked to sort messages into those that are safe, those that have some risk and those that are unsafe. However the picture clearly shows that the software classifies a teacher as someone who is safe to talk to, arguing that it is a trusted adult but I felt that teachers would never speak to the children and therefore this would be unsafe, a factor I had to explain to the children. As a result I would be interested in knowing if people agree with my view that the teacher is not safe to talk to.

Ok, this is the actual end of my blog. I would put a funny caption at the end here but I cant think of one.

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