E-Safety New technologies inspire children to be creative, to communicate and to learn. However, while the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people be protected from the risks that they may encounter. Three areas have been identified as e-safety risks by Ofsted:
Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users e.g. cyber-bullying, grooming and identity theft
Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
What can you do? Remember that children and young people today have grown up with ever changing technology and social media. They come to them naturally, it is part of their world and they have few of the fears that adults may have. Be aware of changes in technology and ask about apps Don’t be afraid to ask about technology or terminology if you are unsure; pupils and e-learners like to share knowledge. Be familiar with some of the more common internet dangers such as bullying and grooming. Be aware that these dangers will also evolve and change.
What is Social Networking? Social networking is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, who, for example, share interests and/or activities. Most popular social networking sites include: – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram.
What are Apps? Apps is an abbreviation for application. An App is a piece of software. It can run on the internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic devices.
CYBER-BULLYING is an extension of face-to-face bullying and can cause significant harm, ending even in death in extreme cases. The opportunity to bully using the internet has increased significantly with the widespread ownership of mobile devices by young people and with the proliferation of use of social media sites. Whilst some cyber-bullying can be deliberate and aggressive, some incidents can be unintentional and the result of not thinking of the consequences, e.g. forwarding on a joke, taking part in a discussion group or online poll.
Included below is a link, to an in-depth guide by ReviewLab, called the “Online Safety Resource Guide”.