Welcome to E-safety Support

Welcome to the new E-safety Support website. We are all delighted to be able to share our new site and services with you, whether you are an e-safety co-ordinator at a school, a PSHE or ICT teacher, a governor or a member of the senior leadership team.

This blog is a key part of our site, and features a number of teacher bloggers who are passionate about e-safety, and who have diverse experiences with e-safety issues in their school. They will be blogging regularly on relevant topics, so feel free to tell us about anything that you would like to see covered in this section.

Young people are becoming more savvy about online dangers, but technology always stays one step ahead of the great mass of users. That's why it is important to equip children with skills and understanding so that no matter what the latest online craze or widget is, they can use it safely. There is a requirement from young people to be educated, and also a requirement from Ofsted that schools teach e-safety in a comprehensive manner. So how can we help?

E-safety Support offers teachers a free service, which we call our "Bronze" level, that is designed to act as a "toe in the water". Sign up with your email address and we will send you a monthly e-newsletter that will help you to keep up with e-safety developments. You will also have access to our free special reports, the first of which is "What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Social Media". Later in the year we will be launching our Silver and Gold level services, which include policies, teaching resources and training for teachers. So sign up for our free Bronze service, and let us help you to meet Ofsted's requirements. Enjoy our blog and we hope to hear from you soon!

Written by E-safety Support on February 09, 2013 11:03

5 rules for teachers using Facebook

Like the majority of people, you're probably using social networking sites on a regular basis to keep up with friends, share your holiday snaps and tell people what you've just had for lunch.

However, as an educational professional it’s important to realise that pupils will naturally be curious about your personal life outside school and may try to find out more about you. The internet and social networking sites can make that very easy and leave your information and images at risk of being misused.

Here are some basic things to do to protect you from abuse of your privacy and personal information.

  1. Firmly decline student-initiated friend requests and do not initiate any yourself.

  2. Manage your privacy settings and keep these under review, particularly in regard to photos.

  3. Ensure your settings prohibit others from tagging you in any photos or updates without your permission.

  4. If you're just starting teaching and taking up a new post it could be a good idea to audit and re-evaluate the information available about you online and who has access to it.

  5. Consider that conversations held online may not be private – be aware of who may have access to what you post.

Written by E-safety Support on February 07, 2013 11:03

Using social media to talk to parents and pupils

Social media sites are a great way to communicate with teachers, parents and pupils. Following some basic rules will make sure you are using them appropriately and getting the most out of them.

1. Set up official school social media accounts

To make the most of social media, schools need to set up official accounts; either in the name of the school, or in the name of staff, but always transparently associated with the school – defining and delimiting the usage as professional and entirely school related. That way there’s no difference between a school attributed social media account and a school email, telephone or letterhead.

2. Communicate appropriately

Using a communication platform which is popular with the pupils is not the same as using the communication platform in the same way as the pupils. Boundaries and professional practice need to be considered at all times. For example, in real life a school might display posters for a school event on an official youth centre noticeboard, but a teacher wouldn’t go up to the children at the skate-park to tell them in person. Twitter and Facebook are no different.

From What every teacher needs to know about social media – join to download the full 6-page report for free.

Written by E-safety Support on February 07, 2013 11:03

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