This session focused on e-safety and the use of resources originating from the internet. We began by talking about what we thought should be contained in a set of ‘blogging rules’ and my partner, Frankie, and I came up with the following:
-Never give out personal details
-Use appropriate language
-Do not use photographs without permission
Afterwards we took a look at a real-life set of blogging rules from Bridgewater school, which included the rules that we came up with plus many more, for example:
-Don’t be rude or horrible about anyone or anyone’s work
-Only use your first name
It’s imperative that all schools who encourage their pupils to blog have a set of rules such as these in order to protect themselves and those around them from the dangers that could crop up as a result of internet usage, both at school and at home. Just take a look at these interesting facts I found on the Medlar with Wesham CofE Primary School website:
- 76% of children have internet access at home
- 56% have access in their bedroom (31% have a webcam on their computer)
- 22% use MSN (3-200 friends)
- 40% have friends they don’t know
- 47% have a smart phone
- 22% have received a ‘nasty message’
We owe it to our children to ensure they are aware of the importance of e-safety and as a result are using the internet responsibly. A website that is actively promoted at my children’s school is CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) which offers a wealth of information and guidence about how to keep our children safe online.
We also discussed in this session the use of resources from the internet, particularly photographs, and the fact that we must have permission from the owner of the resource before we use it in our own work. We must make sure that we, and the children in our classrooms, only use creative commons photographs that people are happy to share, and even then we must accredit the material to the originating source.
As this was our final ICT session, we spent the remaining time tidying up our blogs and preparing them for submission. I learned how to insert a Cluster Map into my blog which is fab (even though I currently only have two visitors, one of which is me)!!
In my first post, Hello World!, I expressed my nervousness about sharing my thoughts with the world through my blog and described my, very limited, past experience of ICT. Boy have I come a long way since then! I have learnt so much about what is available for use in the classroom and have an abundance of resources under my belt to ensure that I can use ICT in an effective, engaging manner, in many different cross-curricular settings, not just in ICT lessons. And not only that, I feel I can do so confidently!!!!