Safer Internet Day

In time for Safer Internet Day, we published a special e-safety edition of Digital Education, the ezine for those with a professional interest in education technology. Here is some information about three of them.

Practical advice for parents

What can parents do to keep their children safe online? In this article, e-Safety expert Alan MacKenzie provides some very straightforward advice. Fo example, he says:

“First and foremost talk to your school. Schools have been teaching and helping children with e-safety in one form or another for years; in the United Kingdom e-safety is a statutory part of the curriculum.”

Read the full article here: Practical advice for parents to keep their children safe online

Young people and the internet

If you read Ellie Gregson’s first article for us about SmartAmp, you will recall that she is pretty honest about what people of her age can be like left unchecked.  Like her marvellous statement:

“There was often excitement when iPads were originally brought into the classroom, but not the sort of enthusiasm I think teachers hoped for from their students.”

(See Review of SMART Amp, by Ellie Gregson)

Ellie, a Year 11 (16 years old) student is back on form in hr article about e-safety:

“young people can be sensible online – if they want to be. But a desire to stretch the boundaries and explore can prevent us from always doing what is right.”

Read the full article here: Safer Internet Day- Young people and the internet

Lazy e-safety messages are no help to our children

Finally, e-safety expert Simon Finch is not impressed by those who give oiff-the-cuff, lazy, even patronising messages about e-safety. For example:

“Until adults move on from this dismissive and patronising position of ‘the online world isn’t real or valid’ we will continue to fail in the quality of the support we offer our children.”

Simon suggests ways in which to be of practical  help to youngsters. Read the full article here: Lazy e-safety messages are no help to our children

Any one of those articles will take you to the full newsletter. You’ll find some very interesting stuff there, including an article by primary school pupil Anna and secondary school pupil Caleb.

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