People think that e-safety is just computers, they need to remember its not. It also includes; mobile phones, game consoles, camera and television (if connected to the Internet). The Internet is used on a regular basis for knowledge and communication, but children and even adults do not realise how dangerous the Internet can be. Within the Internet there are many dangers, three are:

  • Strangers
  • Viruses
  • Inappropriate adverts and context

This means children need to aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet. So therefore, it is important to give children rules when using any form of the Internet, to ensure that children are safe. The video below expresses the importance of not giving out personal details.

Both St Marys Primary abd School Jotters provide good posters for children for e-safety.

Blogging in Schools

I have only been blogging with university and to be honest, I’m not that keen on it because sometimes i feel that i don’t actually know what to say and i feel like I’m blabbering on haha! But Ive been asked to look at blogging so, in schools children could use make posts on a daily basis. Children will be able to learn that they write what they did, which could connect to being their school diary. School’s could have their own blogging sight which parents could access to see what a child has been doing during the school day; this suggests that parents would be more involved in what the children do, similarly school invite parents to come and watch the assembly on a Friday. With a blog parents and children would be able to comment on it. For example a child could state how much they enjoyed the day or what the best part of the lesson was. The blog could help promote the school for prospectus parents as they would be able to see different activities which children took part in and comments on what children and parents thought about it. KidBlog is a website used for schools and children to create blogs! Check it out.

Whilst browsing on the Internet, i came across 10 top tips which could help when blogging:

  • Start small- children will be engaged more with small tasks,
  • Use it for all lessons, not just ICT,
  • Regularly blog- for example every morning or after each lesson,
  • Start with a small blog before giving each child their own- build the blogging skills,
  • Share the blog- each child should have a turn,
  • Comment- get the children to comment on each other’s but also teachers must get involved as it will boost children’s self esteem,
  • Safe- blogging is a easy safe way for children to get involved with the online community,
  • get other pupils, teachers and parents commenting on the blog &
  • have fun- blogging shouldn’t be boring.

For anymore information on blogging visit: http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/ It has a project with different schools from across the world involved and benefits on educational blogging!