e-Safety – Are you meeting the needs of your learners?

messaging app iconsDo you know your Binweevil from your Club Penguin or Moshi Monster? How is your Minecraft?

E-safety is a broad area to cover from a teaching point of view. Not only do you need to address the issues that your pupils could currently be facing but you also need to start preparing them for issues that they may face as they get older. These issues were broadly defined in the research project begun in 2007 (1) as:

Content – what they view on-line

Contact – who they are interacting with

Conduct – how they behave in these environments

While they still provide an accurate summary of the risks today there have been rapid changes in technology, software and access. Continue reading

Snapchat – Real-time Picture Chatting for iOS and Android

Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears.

via Snapchat – Real-time Picture Chatting for iOS and Android.

While Snapchat may present some definite challenges they have a well written parents guide on the site

E-Safety is back on the Ofsted agenda

Over the summer, Ofsted have updated their inspection guidance starting with the publication of a new School Inspection Handbook and e-safety is now specifically mentioned in two of the four key areas for inspection:
– The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school
– Quality of leadership in, and management of, the school

Within the behaviour grade descriptors for an outstanding school you should be able to demonstrate that:
‘All groups of pupils feel safe at school and at alternative provision placements at all times. They understand very clearly what constitutes unsafe situations and are highly aware of how to keep themselves and others safe, including in relation to e-safety.’

To support this, there is a new section 5 briefing document titled ‘Inspecting e-safety’ that outlines exactly what schools will need to consider when self evaluating their provision. Unsurprisingly, the document is based on their findings from the 2010 report ‘The safe use of new technologies”. The briefing document expands on the themes in this report to describe key features of Good and Outstanding practice as well as indicators of Inadequate practice.