Bursting the Bubble: why Online Safety Education needs to EVOLVE

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

Introduction   Since the release of the Byron Report in 2008 and the subsequent Government action plan that saw the creation of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), online safety has been a significant area that remains at the heart of child protection within the UK. It is becoming increasingly apparent that technology is threaded through many aspects of safeguarding, from sexual predation and exploitation to bullying and child abuse, […]

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Waving silently: technology and self-harm

Favim.com

Favim.com

The following blog is long; it needed to be. It is an article written for “Every Child Journal” a subscription educational publication part of the Imaginative Minds Group. I have attempted to explore self-harm in the context of online behaviour; what research currently tells us; current expert opinion from those who support children and young people with self-harm and how those of us with responsibility for online safety might consider adapting current interventions to understand, ameliorate or […]

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Risk and Harm? There is a difference …

(c) John Atkinson
http://wronghands1.wordpress.com

(c) John Atkinson http://wronghands1.wordpress.com

Sexting? Pornography? Revenge porn? Cyberbullying? Trolling? Self-harm? Stalking? Young people’s use of online technology may look as though it is a new and unprecedented challenge, but one thing history teaches us is “ever has it been thus”. Around 400 BC, Socrates wrote: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when […]

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The world is a big place …

World at Your Fingertips

World at Your Fingertips

The world is a big place and a first dive into the internet and in particular social media like Facebook or Twitter, puts the world and its inhabitants at your fingertips. It’s a very powerful feeling and there are great opportunities to be creative, funny, clever, interesting and likeable. With these new opportunities comes responsibility too, not only to keep your self safe from any harm but also those around you too. […]

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Picture Perfect; creating the right image.

Image by Betina La Plante

Image by Betina La Plante

“A picture is worth a thousand words” as the saying goes, so it is no accident that image search services like Google Images and Bing Image search are so popular amongst schools: an unlimited library of content that adds meaning and impact to publications and presentations. And there lies the dilemma. By dipping randomly into this bran-tub of exciting content, occasionally you are going to stumble across a bad apple. Something that […]

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BR&U Social Media and School Reputation (Part One)

Brand "You" and how you look to others

Brand "You" and how you look to others

Brand? Reputation? Footprint? Klout? As online social spaces accelerate almost exponentially across a whole range of environments, the concept of “brand” could very well be the driving force that shapes online culture as 2014 unfolds. Almost exclusively the territory of commerce and advertising in previous years, and very often linked to commodity and corporate identity, personal and organisational brand is becoming increasingly relevant in the virtual public spaces that schools, children, families […]

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When Social Media gets personal …

When Social Media gets personal …

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it wasn’t. It was a cold, empty windswept Plymouth railway station platform just before midnight in October. Seated on a hard and spartan bench waiting for the Riviera Sleeper to Paddington. Now I know that sounds so Orient Express; very ornate, cosmopolitan and the height of chic; well, not quite but to be honest I love it. Snuggling down under a warm duvet, gently […]

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Strange Bedfellows; Online Safety and the Computing National Curriculum

© Gregory Maiofis

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It may be worth mentioning from the start that the development of a new Technology National Curriculum fit for the 21st Century was never going to be easy. Nor was the outcome going to please everyone who had a particular vested interest in any part of the whole. There is an argument that suggests that Online Safety is not just the domain of the ICT dept; it’s safeguarding and therefore requires whole […]

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Budgies, foul-language and e-learning: tenets for improvement

Two Budgies

Two Budgies

Simple questions are often the most difficult to answer. A week or two ago I was fortunate enough to work with an “outstanding” Agricultural FE College in Kent. Being a city lad (and a scouser at that) I was of course impressed with the size of the campus and the excellent facilities but completely bowled-over by their massive aviary full of budgies, exotic parrots and tiny little quail. The few moments that I had […]

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Sexting:don’t do it! …But what if I have?

girl-at-computer

girl-at-computer

Preventative messages are important. After all, prevention is better that a cure, this we know. And the best way to avoid risk becoming harm is to manage that risk in a way that is intelligent and predictive. Preventative messages help reduce road accidents, help educate and reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and reduce the number of premature deaths from smoking. And yet post-advice and post-intervention systems are still required because people […]

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