To promote European Safer Internet Day, the Northern Grid have produced these games. The e-safety content is very good, though some children might not like to shoot ducks or squash a fly!
Early Years websites October 13, 2008
swindonwiki.pbwiki.com has a special Early Years page which has picture links to a range of websites suitable for young children. Why not put this as your home page, so that children can explore the different sites independently? If they want to go back and choose another site, they will only need to click the Home button. If you have any ideas for sites which should be on this page, please add a comment here.
SwindonWiki launched August 27, 2008
Announcing a new site: SwindonWiki! This is to replace my previous links site, freeict.com. The purpose is for me to be able to share links and documents easily, as the previous site was, but also that any Swindon teacher or TA who wants to can contribute too. Please have a look, and if you would like to contribute, please contact Anna Fairhurst (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SWGfL Media Gallery March 25, 2008
The South West Grid for Learning Media Gallery is a developing tool which aims to overcome the two problems with children using Google Images: breaking copyright and the possibility of coming across unsuitable images. The gallery contains pictures, sound and video, all of which can be saved into your favourites, and if you register you can upload your own content for children to use throughout the South West: by doing this, you are guaranteeing either that you hold the copyright or that you have the permission of the copyright holder for children to use it.
E-safety March 18, 2008
As soon as schools encourage children to use the Internet more, and especially to use Web 2.0 tools, they are more likely to do it at home. This is, of course, fantastic: what teacher doesn’t dream of children who choose to do extra writing for fun. However, while at school we have systems in place for keeping children safe, there could well be no such systems at home. Advice for schools is given by Becta (http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=is) the South West Grid for Learning (http://www.swgfl.org.uk/safety/). Basically, schools’ responsibilities fall into these categories:
Responsibilities, policies and procedures: schools should have an E-safety co-ordinator (who should be a member of SLT), an Acceptable Use policy for staff and pupils (such as the example one provided by SWGfL), an Internet Safety Policy and a section on cyber-bullying in the Anti-Bullying Policy
Technological tools: schools should have a firewall, filtering, anti-virus software and a monitoring system. (All of these are provided by SWGfL, though schools can choose to monitor Internet use on their own sites if they wish.)
Internet safety education: schools should ensure that staff, governors, parents and children are aware of e-safety issues and what to do about it.
There are increasing numbers of websites to give you guidance and to guide parents and children, many of which are linked to from http://www.freeict.com/index.php/E-safety. Particularly valuable is http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/, which includes the marvellous Cyber Cafe for Key Stage 2 children, with resources for Key Stage 1 coming soon.
The question is: how much should children be taught about how to behave safely and, just as important, respectfully, online, and at what age? Will it be taught as part of ICT, PSHE or another subject? Please let me know your thoughts by posting a comment, and have a look at the e-safety elements of the Swindon ICT Medium Term Plans (Online Communication section) in the SwindonWiki, and let me know what you think.