Our eighth and final ICT session was primarily focused on eSafety. We began the session by compiling a list of “Blogging rules” with a partner. After this, we spent a few minutes looking at a list of blogging rules compiled by Bridgewater school and then compared them to the ones we had come up with. In the most part they were very similar-I have outlined the ones I deem to be the most important below:
- Only use your first name
- Never give out any personal details such as your address or telephone number
- Use appropriate language
- Never link pictures to names
- Respect the opinions of others
Learning about eSafety is becoming ever more important due to the increasing role that the internet now plays within children’s lives both at school and at home. Blogging is a great way of allowing your class to showcase their work to a global audience, but before letting children loose on the internet it really is essential for them all to understand the hazards and risks that are associated with its use along with the rules and guidelines that they should follow in order to protect themselves. The importance of eSafety has even been recognised by Ofsted who have, in the last year, issued new guidelines outlining their expectations regarding eSafety provision in schools. Whilst browsing around the subject I came across this selection of eSafety posters designed by the Key Stage Two ICT club at The Blyth School. I think that getting children to design a poster showcasing their very own set of rules for blogging or using the internet is an excellent way of ensuring that they are aware of the importance of eSafety, although if this doesn’t take your fancy Simon Haughton’s ICT blog has a number of other great lesson ideas focused on the topic!
Alongside looking at the issues surrounding eSafety we also spent some time during the session looking at the use of photographs and images from the internet and creative commons. Before using resources from the internet within your own or a school/class blog it is really important to make sure that the owner is happy for you to share them. The best way to do this is check whether the resource has a creative commons license as those that do can usually be reused on your blog however even then it is good practise to credit the original licensor.
Bye for now…