Securing students online safety is paramount, students today are digital natives but here's the catch - they're really the first generation of digital natives, with no prior generation to pass down their knowledge, skills and expertise as in any other indigenous culture. Their parents may know a little about online life and its pitfalls, teachers are the same. So we have a problem, the need for our natives to be educated in the pro's and con's of E-Safety.
Keeping Myself e-Safe is a collection of animated stories each of which has been designed to promote discussion and raise awareness about e-safety, Internet safety and cyber bullying. I received both the primary and secondary packs, both were large A4 folders that had masters of the teacher/student materials and the case-study/toolkit videos on a DVD. In addition I received the VLE version which has all the teacher support notes and student activities as PDF files and the videos in wmv format - appropriate for web hosting in your e-learning environment. You can find details on the secondary version here.
The Case-study/toolkit videos are excellent and are just the right length for use in the classroom approx 10-12mins. They do a very good job at highlighting the issues and opening up healthy discussions in the classroom. The supporting student activities are well balanced between personal reflection and group work and explore issues in depth through a balance of written and discussion tasks. Teachers that read the teacher support materials before delivering any of the content will feel confident about the issues they will be exploring - the same materials are actually very useful to parents too.
- Internet safety
- Cyber bullying
- Internet grooming
- Social networking
- Phishing, adware and malware
- Video and mobile technologies
- Intellectual copyright
- Identity theft and online fraud Instant messaging and e-mail
- Peer-to-peer file sharing
- Resources used to develop E-Safety within PSHE curriculum, using the DVD and support materials
- VLE Resources being used to develop and E-Safety portal that will be accessed by students, staff and parents. The portal will include an E-Safety course that all students (starting with Y7 in Sept. 2009) will have to graduate to become Costello E-Citizen's. This will be set as HW during the first 6 weeks in Y7 - students will log onto FROG and access the E-Safety portal, watch the case-study videos and complete the online activities, submitting them for marking to become certified E-Safe students.
At £225+vat (current price as of April 2009) I would recommend this resource to all schools, whether they are looking at creating an online E-Safety course or developing it within the PSHE/Citizenship curriculum.
Whilst we are on the topic of E-Safety I thought I would plug http://www.digitalparents.org/ - this website is specifically to support parents with E-Safety of their children. Schools can create their own area for their parents in the community.
At Costello we have run 3 sessions on Digital Parents, all of which have been well attended and successful, often opening up many questions from parents on the night and via email after.