|E-safety & E-learning
Children and young peoples issues: cyberbullying, social networking and child protection
- What is E-safety and why is it needed?
- Health & Safety aspects of ICT & ILT
There are several aspects of the use of ICT and ILT in education that have implications for health & safety. These include use of WiFi, interactive whiteboards and other technologies.
- Personal and Financial Security
This section looks at the issues which affect those with PCs and bank accounts - young adults, adult learners, tutors and teachers. There are a lot of websites about keeping your financial data secure, avoiding scams and keeping your PC working properly. All of them have useful teaching material for those covering these issues with their learners. There is also an site covering potential problems for those in work.
Before you look at the resources below you could Take the Get Safe Online quiz to find out how much you already know about keeping yourself secure.
- The Organisational Response
Different organisations will need to frame different responses to E-safety issues. The educational response will vary depending on whether children, young people or adults are being taught.
- Teaching about E-safety
Teaching about E-safety can be a complex thing when compared to something like teaching about road safety. There are more issues to cover and there are also the technical elements to consider. It's not sensible to attempt to cover every issue. Also too much information in too much detail will only lead to fear and confusion. The teaching approach has to be proportionate to the risk involved and should bear in mind the digital literacy of the students and their existing knowledge of the issues.
So for students in FE there may need to be more emphasis on social networking, copyright and plagiarism issues. For adults there would be more on personal and financial security and keeping PCs free of viruses. While for parents there is a need to keep them aware of child protection issues.
Fortunately there are a huge range of resources available for teaching about e-safety, some of which are pointed to in the materials above. Many of the resources are also backed by teaching plans and sample lesson plans, an example of which can be seen below.