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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SID2014: and in conclusion

Checking the Internet

Checking the Internet

Safer or Better? One special day each year to raise awareness of these issues is important but ineffective on its own. Affecting real change requires strategy and a broad palette of approaches from a rich number of sources and disciplines; schools are only part of that strategy but elemental in kickstarting and sustaining change. And as technology progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that the technology itself is less important than the behaviors […]

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SID2014: So what? And what does good practice look like?

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

So What by Roy Lichtenstein

So what? So you have a curriculum? So you have a policy? You’ve all been on a course? Is it making a difference? How do you know that young people have an improved resilience to online risk both in and out of school? Do you have evidence that staff not only feel empowered to teach this curriculum area but feel confident that they can identify, ameliorate or escalate issues on behalf of […]

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SID2014: educating for a better internet

Einstein does Digital Literacy

Einstein does Digital Literacy

A common thread in research and study of internet behaviour points to the importance of effective education; for that education to be effective requires: a curriculum that is consistent, has scope and progress the capability to build on prior knowledge ability to meet need, either through age range or developmental stage engaging materials and resources that draw on latest knowledge the right environment for honest and open dialogue to take place a […]

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Safer Internet Day 2014: making it work

UKSIC

UKSIC

Making it work   Where to start? It can look a daunting task when viewed as a whole so the key is breaking the task down into manageable sections and devolve responsibility to those who are most suited (and often most able) to contribute. Online safety has been viewed as the preserve of the ICT department or subject leader. After all it involves computers and technology so why wouldn’t they be responsible? […]

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SID 2014; not just a day … it’s an attitude!

SID2014

SID2014

Safer Internet Day has been an important component of the safeguarding calendar since its inception over 10 years ago and over that time has provided an annual focus for schools, agencies, children, young people and families to consider the risks and issues that face our use of online technology. Organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year, Safer Internet Day 2014 (SID2014) will take place […]

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Turkey or Tech?

Turkey or Tech?

Christmas 2013 looks set to be a bumper year for new technology: new gaming console releases with the XBox One and the Playstation 4; groovy tablets like the new Nexus 7 and the iPad Air; even wearable technology like the Galaxy Gear and Nike FitBand. We have even seen the emergence of media gaming in the living room through Steam Box and the Steam Platform. For parents, it can not only be […]

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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

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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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