In the session today, we learned about E-safety, with regards to using social media professionally. We were given scenarios that we may come across when working in a school or which may be experienced by the pupils and discussed what we would do in certain situations.
E-safety applies to both Key Stages in terms of the National Curriculum (DfES, 2013). The e-safety aim for Key Stage 1 is that pupils are taught to ‘use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.’ They Key Stage 2 aim is that pupils are taught to ‘use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact’. These aims are very similar but with different focuses, so it is the assumption that pupils will understand everything from the Key Stage 1 aim and be able to apply this knowledge when using the internet, before being taught about the Key Stage 2 requirements.
I found a link which explains the basics of keeping safe on the internet for children, which can be used as a discussion point in schools to inform the pupils.
This article describes ten key points about being safe on the internet that mostly apply to all children and that they should all know. For example ‘Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number’. As this specific point wouldn’t apply to children of all ages, I think younger children should be advised that no one else’s (such as your parents) personal information should be posted either.
Using social media professionally is important because parents, children and colleagues may be able to view your sites and access information that you post. Here is a link which explains how teachers should use social media, explaining the benefits and conduct:
This article gives specific advice for Facebook users, showing all the settings that should be changed to the ‘Friends only’ security setting. This ensures that teachers’ Facebook accounts cannot be accessed by children or their families that may be able to see your personal information or pictures.
Audain (2014) describes how e-safety incidents should be dealt with at school: Everyone should be made responsible, ask questions and encourage openness when talking about it, the school should decide on rules for dealing with incidents and a reporting system should be made – within this all incidents should be kept in a school record.
Audain, J (2014) The Ultimate Guide to Using ICT Across the Curriculum (For Primary Teachers): Web, widgets, whiteboards and beyond! London. Bloomsbury.
DfES (2013) National curriculum in England: Computing Programmes of Study DfES: London