Childnet international have launched a new set of resources ith the support of the TDA, which have been developed to inform and assist Trainee teachers and NQTs.
There are three key components to this new
- a guide designed
to support teachers personal use of social networking services, keeping
themselves, their students, and their job safe.
- a checklist for those entering a school to assist and
inform them in relation to technology use at home, at school and in the
- a matrix of resources - example teaching resources for use
in class for different Key Stages, including resources from CEOP, the BBC and
The guide alos features video clips which could be used as part of staff induction or training. Although aimed at trainee teachers and NQTs, these resources would also support other areas of CPD and could be utilised to enhance other staff members awareness and understanding of e-Safety and professional practice.
These are online resources and can be found at http://www.childnet.com/kia/traineeteachers/,
with the Guide and the Checklist also available as downloadable pdfs.
In the next few days Facebook will be
rolling out changes to its privacy settings options to all users. Facebook
state that they believe the new privacy settings will offer more control to
users and will make managing personal data more visual and straightforward.
One of the key changes for users to be aware
of is that Facebook has changed some of the appearance, terminology and
language that it uses. The previous option in the Privacy Settings
"Everyone" is going to be replaced with "Public". This is
to clarify the fact to users that any content shared publicly can be seen by
anyone on the internet.
Some of these changes have some new benefits to users and will help to safeguard young people and professionals online. However these changes also
need to be carefully considered with an e-Safety perspective to ensure that all users are fully aware of the
options and choices provided by the new settings, as well as the potential impact to online privacy and safety.
New Changes to Profiles on Facebook
Facebook profiles are getting new tools that
give users clearer, more consistent controls over how photos and posts are
shared and who can see content.
New Inline Profile Controls
Content on Facebook profile, including work,
hometown and photo albums, will appear next to an icon and a drop-down menu.
This inline menu lets users know who can see this part of the profile, and it
can be changed with one click.
e-Safety impact: This change will be useful to help young people
consider their digital footprint and restrict access to different contacts. It
will also be useful to help professionals understand and maintain a
professional role online.
For more detail on the profile settings
New Profile and Content Review Tools
With the old privacy controls any photos or
content users are tagged in would show up on their profile as soon as they were
tagged, meaning users had limited control over who tagged them in images or
posts. With the new settings, users can choose to use a new tool to approve or
reject any photo or post they are tagged in before it's visible to anyone else
on their profile. Also with the old settings anyone who could see photos or
posts could add tags to them. With the new controls, users will have the
option to review and approve or reject any tag someone tries to add to any
photos and posts.
e-Safety perspective: Frequent complaints to the
e-Safety Officer are not about the content users themselves have uploaded,
rather the content their friends choose to share without consent. This new feature will give
users more control about who can see content they are tagged in by their
friends which should empower users to stay safe and be more aware of their own online persona.
Highlighted "View Profile As..." Option
For a while Facebook has had a useful
tool which enables users to check how their profile looked to other users but
this tool was hidden and many users didn't know how to find it. This tool
is now on the top of the profile and is easier to access.
e-Safety perspective: This will help users to be more aware of their digital footprint
and how different friends can view the content they share.
to Sharing Content on Facebook
In addition to the profile changes detailed
above, it will now be more straightforward to understand and control
who can see posts shared on Facebook. Facebook have broadening the
functionality of the sharing tool and made changes to make the settings earier to use visually.
New Inline controls
The control for who can see each post will
be inline with the post itself on the profile page. There is now an icon and label
to help make it easier to understand and decide what content to share with different audiences. Initally this will include
"Public", "Friends" or "Customise". When
someone is tagged, the audience label will automatically update to show that
the person tagged and their friends can see the post. The dropdown menu will
apparently be expanded over time to include smaller groups of people such as
co-workers, Friend Lists and Groups.
For a guided tour of these new controls, go
e-Safety perspective: This will enable users to be
more aware of how public the information they choose to post is and hopefully will encourage users to be more mindful about the content they share. Many users
(especially young people) were not aware that the option of "everyone" meant
content was shared with anyone who had access to the internet. Young people can also choose to share certain
posts or photos with different groups of friends or online contacts. This could be very useful for users who have hundreds of friends but only know a limited amount in the
real-world, as they can choose what content they share with different audiences in real-time and in a more user-friendly way. One possible risk is that it will now be easier for users to choose to hide unsuitable or inappropriate
content from certain contacts e.g. from their parents (for
young people) or from their colleagues (for professionals) which could be a concern in some cases.
Change Sharing Options For Content After You Post
With the old settings, once a user posted a
status update they then couldn't change who could see it. Now users will
be able to change who can see any post after the fact. If something is
accidentally posted to the wrong group, or a user changes their mind, they can
adjust it with the inline control at any time.
impact: This will help strengthen
users understanding of digital footprints and how the content we post nline leaves an imprint about us. It could potentially be misused to
cyberbully other users by posting content to annoy, upset or offend other users and then
changing it so only a limited number of people can view the content. It is
important that all users understand they need to take copies of cyberbullying
content (either as a print screen or printing the content out) to ensure it can
be used as evidence, even if the content is later removed or hidden.
New Options to Tag Locations in Posts
With the old settings, users could only
"check in" to locations using the Places feature on a smart phone.
Now users can add location to anything from anywhere, regardless of what device
they are using, or whether it is a status update, photo or Wall post. Users can
tag a location from a web browser on a computer or via a mobile app. Users can
also tag locations to photo albums or individual photos or videos. Users can
choose not to add location at all and can switch the feature off. As a
part of these changes, the mobile Places feature is being removed, and so are
the settings associated with it. If users are still using this feature, the
"Friends can check me in" setting will still apply, and users own
"checkins" will be seen by the audience selected in their default
More details about how location works
and the settings affected can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/about/location
e-Safety perspective: This is an especially
important feature to discuss with young people as they may not have been able
to share their excat location previously if they did not have access to a smart
phone, although it is important to remember that they have always been able to share their location via status updates, chat and private messages. Young people need to be fully aware of the possible risk of sharing a
location publicly and should be shown how to opt out of location sharing or shown how
to share their location with trusted real-life friends only. This new change may have a
higher risk for looked after or adopted children who may have no contact orders
or restrictions in place, so it is important that parents/carers discuss this with them.
Users can Tag Anyone on Facebook
With the old privacy setting options, users
could only tag someone if they were friends with them, and they could only tag
a Page if they had liked it. Users can now add tags of friends or anyone
else on Facebook even if they are not friends. If users are tagged by someone
who they are not friends with the tag won't appear on their profile unless they
review and approve the post.
e-Safety perspective: This could mean that young
people or professionals could be tagged by people they don't know or by people
they don't wish to be friends with e.g. a teacher could be tagged by a pupil at
an unsuitable location. However this risk is greatly reduced as users need to review
and approve tags which are made by users they are not friends with before they appear on their profile.
New Tools to Remove Tags or Content
With the new settings, users' options for
removing tags or content on Facebook are presented more clearly. Users will
have the option to confirm or remove their identity before a tag appears on
their profile. Enabling this option can be found in the "Manage How Tags
Work" section of the privacy settings as "Profile" or
"Tag" Review. Users can choose to set their privacy settings so that
friends can tag them without approval or can have more control as detailed
Once Tag/Profile Review is enabled,
users will be given options every time they are tagged in a photo or post on
Facebook. If users don't want to accept or confirm a tag request then the
- Remove the tag.
The post or content will still be on Facebook, but it will no longer be
linked to your profile.
- Send the owner of the post a message, asking them to remove the post or
content from Facebook.
- Report a post to Facebook. If the post is abusive, it will be removed.
- Block the owner of the post. All tags from this person will be removed, and you will no longer
be able to see or interact with each other on Facebook.
More details on tagging can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/about/tagging
e-Safety perspective: It is important that all
users are aware that this won't affect whether their friends can add a photo of
them, only whether their name is attached to it. The owner of the content
should be contacted to remove unwanted photos or content, or if the content is abusive
it should be reported to Facebook for removal. This feature could help to reduce
cyberbullying incidents. It will also make it harder for people to find any
inappropriate or unwanted pictures or content that users might have been tagged
in. Users now have more control over what is shared about them by their friends which is brilliant, but they need to enable the review option as it might not be a defualt option. Some users may not like to approval every comment or photo they are tagged in, so some usersmay choose not to use the function at all.
The new privacy settings will start to roll out to all users over
the next few days. When the settings are live on the account, users will see a prompt for a tour that walks them
through these new features from their homepage when they login. Current
Facebook users will retain their current default sharing settings. The first time any new Facebook member (i.e. any users who sign up after the new settings are in place) shares
a piece of content on their profile, their default suggestion will be public (for users who have registered as over 18)
unless they select another option (e.g. Friends), which will then become their default setting
Also New: Facebook Security Guide
Users can download a new free guide to help improve awareness about Facebook Security: “OwnYourSpace: A Guide to Facebook Security.The guide will help users to understand how to protect
your Facebook account, avoid scammers andconfigure advanced
security settings. Users will also be aware of secuirty features such as how to use one-time passwords, enable secure browsing and
track account activity. The guide will also help users to understand what motivates account thieves and
malware pushers and what they should if an account is hijacked or hacked.
e-Safety Perspective Summary
Overall the new privacy settings can be seen as a really positive step forward to helping Facebook users become more aware of how much information they are sharing online and have more control over content shared about them.
Parents/carers of Facebook users are
strongly recommended to read through the new privacy features and discuss the
possible impact of these changes with their child. Professionals need to understand the impact the new privacy changes may have to their profile and the possible implications for them both professionally and personally. Schools will need to be aware of these changes in respect to their policies and whole-school approach to cyberbullying as it will become even more important that users save evidence of cyberbullying.
Many of the new features
will offer users more control and clarity over what is shared on Facebook and with
whom (such as more control over tagging and the chnage in terminology to "public" rather
than "everyone"). Some of the new changes could be misunderstood by users and
could expose children and adults to new online risks (such as the addition of location
sharing to web browsers, the new default setting of public for new users and
the ability to tag people who you are not friends with) so it is important that users fully understand the implications (both positives and risks) of these new features.
As yet Facebook have not fully stated how all of these
changes will affect "minors" (users who are registered as being under
18) other than to say that minors will not have the option to share content publicly and they will be limited to sharing with either "friends of friends" of "friends". However, this will rely on the fact that the user has given a correct date of birth when the registered for their profile. With an estimated 43% of 7 - 12 year olds in the UK being active on Facebook (and therefore having lied about their age) it is possible than some of them may be given the "public" option sooner rather than later.
This blog post will be updated as the changes and implications of the new settings become more
Last update 24.8.11 @14:00
New Ofcom research published
today (4th August 2011) reveals the extent to which the UK has become "addicted"
to smartphones. The Ofcom Communications Market report looks at the huge growth
in smartphone take-up in the past 12 months - over one in four (27 per cent) GB adults and almost half of teens
(47%) now own one - and how the devices
have affected people's lives. The rapid growth in the use of smartphones, which offer internet access, email and a variety of internet-based applications, is clearly changing the way many of us, particularly teenagers, act in social
The report also looks at the
rise in Internet use, TV, Radio and
other key market developments in the UK. The
full document can be read here
Mobile Phone, Smartphones
and Internet Access
- Nine out of ten people own a mobile
phone (36 per cent in 2000, 91 per cent in 2011) - and one in seven
households are now mobile-only, as the penetration of landlines dropped
from 93 per cent in 2000 to 81 per cent in 2011;
- An average of five text messages per
day were sent for every person in the UK last year.
- Over a quarter of adults and now own a
- 37 per cent of adults are ‘highly
addicted' to their Smartphone
- 28 per cent of UK adults
people use their mobile phones for internet access.
- Over half (55%) of adults and
three-quarters (74%) of teens have used their smartphone for social
networking, with 40% of adults and 62% of teens doing this regularly
- The majority of homes in the UK are now
connected to the internet with 91%
of households with children have internet access.
Teenagers use of Smart
Nearly half of all teens (47%) now own a smartphone
60 per cent of teens are ‘highly addicted' to their Smartphone.
- Teenage girls
are more addicted to their phones than boys (53% say they have ‘high addiction' across all mobile phones,
compared to 38% among boys).
BlackBerry handsets are the most popular choice among teens (37%). Female
teens, in particular, appear to have a preference for BlackBerry handsets (44%)
The top three activities/functions used regularly by teens on
Smartphones are social networking (62%), listening to music (62%), and playing
The most popular social networking site used by teens is Facebook (97%).
Twitter comes in second (26%), followed by MySpace (13%) and Bebo (10%).
Eighty-three per cent of teen smartphone social networkers claim to access
social networking via their smartphone at least once a day with 29% using it
every couple of hours of more.
Forty per cent of teen smartphone users are on a contract (significantly
lower than the 77% of adults) compared to 19% of teen standard mobile phone
users. Most teens have their phone bills paid for by adults (82%), although
nearly one in five (18%) claim to pay their phone bill themselves.
The majority of teens make calls every day (56% of smartphone users and
35% of regular phone users). But a significantly higher proportion of teens
send text messages every day (80% of smartphone users and 57% of regular phone
23 per cent of Teenagers claim to watch less TV and 15 per cent admit
they read fewer books since owning a smartphone
In the bathroom and at the
dinner table - use of Smartphones in daily life
The vast majority of
smartphone users (81 per cent) have their mobile switched on all of the time,
even when they are in bed, with four in ten adults (38 per cent) and teens (40
per cent) admitting using their smartphone after it woke them.
Over half (51 per cent) of
adults and two thirds (65 per cent) of teenagers say they have used their
smartphone while socialising with others, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of
adults and a third (34 per cent) of teenagers have used them during mealtimes
and over a fifth (22 per cent) of adult and nearly half (47 per cent) of
teenage smartphone users admitted using or answering their handset in the
bathroom or toilet.
Teenagers are also more
likely to use their smartphone in places they've been asked to switch their
phone off such as the cinema or library - with 27 per cent admitting doing so,
compared with 18 per cent of adults.
Ofcom's research found that
the line between work and social time is also becoming increasingly
blurred. Thirty per cent of smartphone users say they regularly take part
in personal phone calls during working hours, compared with 23 per cent of
regular mobile phone users. However, smartphone users are more likely to
take part in work calls while on holiday or annual leave. Seventy per
cent say they have ever done so, with a quarter (24 per cent) admitting to
doing so regularly, compared with just 16 per cent of ordinary mobile phone
71% of teens with
smartphones generally have their mobile phoned switched on all the time. This
compares to 51% of regular mobile phone users in the same age group.
The research also looked at
the popularity of applications, or ‘apps', among smartphone users and found
that just under half (47 per cent) of adult smartphone users have downloaded an
app - with many people taking advantage of the availability of free apps.
Teenage smartphone owners
are more likely to have paid for an app download (38 per cent) than adult
owners, amongst whom just a quarter (25 per cent) had paid for an app.
Teenagers are most likely
to part with their pocket money for games, with a third (32 per cent) having
paid for at least one game. Music is the next most popular genre amongst teens
with 22 per cent having paid for a music-based app.
Adults are also most likely
to pay for games (15 per cent) and music (8 per cent) apps, with maps/
navigation following close behind (7 per cent).
Nine out of ten adults (90 per cent) aged 35-44 have the
internet at home, this falls to just a quarter (26 per cent) of over 75s.
And while virtually all (99
per cent) 25-34s own a mobile phone, only half (51 per cent) of over 75s own a
mobile, with this age group more likely to have a landline (94 per cent) than
16-24s (67 per cent).
When asked what media would
be missed the most, people aged over 75 are also far more likely to miss their
TVs the most (65 per cent), followed by radio (15 per cent) and
newspapers/magazines (8 per cent). The picture is very different for
young adults aged 16-24 who would most miss their mobile phone (28 per cent),
followed by the internet (26 per cent) and TV (23 per cent).
However, there is evidence
that older age groups are catching up in the adoption of technology. For
the first time, over half (55 per cent) of those aged 65-74 have access to the
internet at home while over three quarters (77 per cent) now have a mobile.
Some material adapted
Anglia Ruskin University has published a study which identifies how bullying via texts, e-mails, social networks can have detrimental effects on mental health for people aged 11 to 19.This reseacrh would estimate that nearly one in five UK youngsters have been the victim of cyberbullying, with more girls being affected than boys.
The study led by academics from the University, questioned almost 500 young people (273 girls and 200 boys) aged between 11 and 19 and almost a fifth (18.4%) admitted they had been subjected to cyberbullying (where a person uses the internet or mobile phones to bully another).
22% of girls questioned said they had been subjected to cyberbullying, while 13.5% of boys quizzed said they had experienced it. Two thirds (66%) of the young people questioned said they had witnessed cyberbullying or known someone who has been a victim.
A third of those who experienced cyberbullying said it had affected their confidence "quite a lot" or "very" much, while half (52%) said cyberbullying had affected their mental and emotional wellbeing. Just over a quarter (29%) of those who had been cyberbullied had truanted from school, while more than a third (39%) had stopped socialising outside of school.
Cyberbullying was seen as being as harmful as direct face-to-face bullying by three-quarters of those surveyed. Some said it was worse as it is permanent, can involve posting harmful or distressing photos online, can be transmitted to people quickly and can strike at any time.
Of those 188 young people who answered a question about whether they would seek help with cyberbullying, less than half (45%) said they would look for support. Those that said they would not seek help gave fear of making it worse and being able to deal with it themselves as some of the reasons. Those who had been cyberbullied were most likely to seek help from parents and friends.
Steven Walker, Principle Lecturer in child and adolescent mental health, who led the research said: “While most online interactions are neutral or positive the internet provides a new means through which children and young people are bullied. Many of the respondents in our study thought that cyberbullies do not actually think they are bullying. In the main they thought that cyberbullying was seen by bullies as merely a form of 'harmless fun', a joke and therefore not an issue. Others thought cyberbullies are motivated by a lack of confidence and a desire for control, perhaps because they are too cowardly to bully face-to-face. As the use of social media amongst young people continues to grow, unless properly addressed by host sites and Government agencies the problem of cyberbullying is only likely to get worse.''
to a recent study published today undertaken by the Nominet Trust
, eighty per cent of parents believe
that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have the ability to
take over their children's lives. And one in three parents believes the internet has the power to ‘rewire' brains without a person's
knowledge and thinks their children are in danger from the web.
The poll of 1,000
parents was carried out by the Nominet Trust who worked alongside Dr Paul
Howard Jones, a Neuroscientist from Bristol
University, to analyse the
research on the internet and society.
report "The Impact of Digital Technologies on Human Well being" aims to
highlight what neuroscience can realistically tell us about the implications of
using interactive technologies on young people's brains, behaviours and
attitudes. The report also seeks to debunk the myths, scaremongering and
misinformation that some adults may be led to believe.
report concludes that there is no neurological evidence to suggest that the
internet is any more effective at 'rewiring' brains than any other
environmental influences, despite people's fears. In fact the report highlights
many positives of the internet as well as possible risks. The report highlights
that the internet can be an important learning resources for children and young people and that all learning
resources cause changes within the brain.
Key points from the Executive Summary include
"Rather than label any type of technology as being good or bad for our
brain, it is how specific applications are created and used (by who, when and
what for) that determine their impact."
"Existing forms of online communication for supporting existing
friendships are generally beneficial for their users, with little basis for considering
that social network sites and online communication, in themselves, are a source
of special risk to children. Internet-related abuse (eg inappropriate sexual
solicitation, cyberbullying) appears related to issues beyond the use of the
"The internet is a valuable learning resource and all learning involves
changes in the brain. Some technology-based types of training can improve
working memory, and others can provide mental stimulation that helps slow
"Some types of gaming (whether on-line or off line) can improve visual
processing and motor response skills, prompting suggestions that games may
represent a particularly effective way to enhance brain plasticity across the
lifespan. The mechanisms involved are still not understood, but may help
explain the effectiveness of such games to also influence affective response.
Playing violent and pro-social video games generally shifts behavioural tendencies
towards aggressiveness and empathy respectively. Gaming can strongly engage the
brain's reward system, and this may also help explain their attractiveness."
"Internet use (including online gaming) is problematic when it regularly
interferes with normal daily living and is difficult to control, although
internet/gaming addictions have not been established as psychiatric disorders.
No particular threshold has been identified that can be defined as excessive
use, but research supports a guideline of maximum two hours total screen-based
entertainment per day for children. Problematic internet usage is associated
with a range of psychosocial difficulties, but the internet can also support
mental health through online therapeutic treatment for a range of mental health
"...some applications can be a distraction, suggesting parental monitoring
of younger students' use of technology may benefit learning outcomes. For
example, adult students who make substantial use of instant messaging consider
they are distracted by it, and such heavy "multitasking" does not appear to
improve the ability to switch attention between applications."
The report states: "The ability to understand risk: that is, an
appreciation of the likelihood and consequence of a possible outcome, is also
something that requires further consideration."
The report suggests that further
research is required to help support parents and their children as well as school, to appropriately
assess and act upon any risks. It states that "Parents and their children would benefit from clearer independent
information about where a significant body of research indicates potential
risks from a particular technology application...Academic achievement and student
wellbeing would benefit from schools having access to curriculum and teaching
resources aimed at delivering skills to students that enable their ‘hygienic'
use of internet and digital technology. These resources would help schools
equip students with the knowledge and understanding required to guide their own
use of technology."
Annika Small, director of
Nominet, said: 'The Nominet Trust
believes in the internet as a force for social good. We fund projects that help
people get online, be safe online, and change their world for the better. Exaggerated
fears about internet use can potentially deny its benefits to those most in
need. I want to see a proper debate amongst policy makers, based on accurate
research, about the effects of using interactive technologies on young people's
brains, behaviours and attitudes, without resorting to scaremongering that
parents are being subjected to on a regular basis. Our aim is to provide people
with a clear and independent information resource that will help them navigate
the minefield of misleading information on internet use."
The full report can be
has launched a tool to enable users to understand and manage what people see
when they search for you on Google. The tool called "Me on the Web" and is part
of the Google Dashboard (users register to access personalised Google apps and
states "Your online identity is
determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you -
whether a mention in a blog post, a photo tag or a reply to a public status
update". Being aware of your own digital footprint is an essential part of everyone's
digital safety, this tool enables web users to become more aware of and manage their
You can use "Me on the Web"
to alert you when your personal information gets published online.
To create alerts:
- Sign in to your Google Dashboard
- In the 'Me on the Web' section, click Set
up search alerts for your data.
- Select the checkboxes beside the alerts
(such as your name or email address) you'd like to receive.
In the 'How often' drop-down box, choose
the alert frequency.In the 'Deliver to' drop-down box,
choose which email address your alerts should be sent to.Click Save alert preferences.
- (Optional) Enter
additional information in the text field and then select the checkbox for
- (Optional) Click Add
another alert to create alerts for additional personal information.
You will now be notified
when content about you (depending on the options you have selected) is publicly
indexed via Google.
Users can also register for
a Google profile.
Google state that this can help users manage the information (such as contact
details, and other information) that people see. With a Google Profile, you can
also link to other sites about you or created by you. For example, you can link
to your blog, online photos in Picasa, and other profiles such as Facebook and
LinkedIn. This could be a useful tool in managing and maintaining separate professional
and personal presences online. Google profiles can be made private or public
(meaning it will be visible via search engines) and is optional. Professionals
should carefully consider if this is a suitable option for them and should
ensure it is compatible their professional role prior to use.
Parents and carers might want to consider using the tool to
manage content posted online about themselves and their family. It could also
be useful in showing Young People how visible their digital footprint is and
how important it is to be aware of how the content you post online can be
shared further and on a larger, more public, scale than intended.
Google also provides some
very useful advice for users on how to remove unwanted content and unwanted search
For more information visit Google's
help and advice section: "Managing your Online Reputation" here
Formspring is a social
networking site with over 20 million users. Formspring lets users set up a profile and enables them to post
questions to other users as well as answer questions posted to them. It can be integrated with other social networking
sites such as Facebook and information sharing sites like Twitter, so these
questions can appear on profiles set up on these sites. The questions can be asked with a user's name hidden, or they can be visibly
sent from another Formspring account depending on the askers preference. Formspring is administered by a company in the United States and, under the sites terms and conditions and COPPA Regulations, children under the age of thirteen should not be using the site.
Schools have reported that it has been used to
cyberbully and harass students. Formspring does have settings which users can adapt in order so they can choose not to receive anonymous
Full details of how to do this, as well as how to report abusive content and other useful information, appears in this booklet produced
by Yorkshire & Humber Grid for Learning
Internet Day (SID) 2012 will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2012
the theme will be around 'Connecting Generations'
. This theme
lends itself to looking at educating each other and placing the subject of
positive internet use and internet safety as a family issue. It will also fit
in well with the RaceOnline 2012.
UK Safer Internet Centre's plans for the day are being worked on now and they
will be providing a range of resources (lesson and assembly plans) for schools.
safer Internet Centre also has a brand
new monthly newsletter which you can easily subscribe to at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Here they will share the latest updates on Safer Internet Day as well as
keeping you up to date with not only the plans and resources they are working
on but also those from around the UK and of the Safer Internet
Centres across the EU. The newsletter will also include the online safety
news making the headlines. Indeed if there are any articles, alerts or
information you might wish to share, please do contact the UK Safer Internet
Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org
schools and settings are taking part in Safer Internet Day 2012, please do let either
the UK Safer Internet Centre or the Kent e-Safety Officer (email@example.com) know
about any activities you are planning for the big day. For the last Safer
Internet Day, over 70 companies,
organisations and schools send in their logos plus a description of their Safer
Internet Day activities to the UK Safer Internet Centre (you can see these at http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/supporters,
and it would be great to expand that for 2012).
information will be posted on the e-Safety blog as soon possible.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)
has recently launched some guidance for school leaders following
increasing number of concerns raised by members about the
problems experienced with social networking sites (with Facebook being the one
most frequently cited).
recommends a robust e-Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Policy needs to be in
place and also highlights ways to report concerns to social media sites such as
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter directly.
have any further concerns or enquiries regarding the use of Social Media sites
then please contact the e-Safety Officer directly via email or the KCC Contact
Centre (Tel. 08458 247 247
Textphone 08458 247 905)
Following the success of their 2010 film challenge, Childnet
International is pleased to announce that they will be running their second
summer film challenge for young people aged 7-16 (previous winners can be seen
Launching on Tuesday 26 April 2011, Childnet has two separate projects
in place for primary and secondary aged children. Once you have registered, you
will be emailed a lesson plan, further resources and most importantly, this
All you have to do is think about the theme, decide on how you are going
to film your message & as long as you keep it to 60 seconds and get it back
to Childnet by 5pm on Monday 6th June 2011, you're in with a chance of winning!
How does it work?
You will be emailed your category theme on the opening day of the
competition (26th April).
The shortlisted finalists will be selected from each category and
invited to a private screening in a London Cinema on Monday 11 July 2011.
The judging panel will then choose a winner and runner up from each
category (judges and prizes to be announced!)
- Competition opens: Tuesday
26 April 2011 @ 9am
- Competition closes: Monday 6
June 2011 @ 5pm
- Finalists notified: Monday
13 June 2011
- Screening & finalist
event: Monday 11 July 2011
How to enter
In order to receive all competition detail via email, teachers and youth
workers MUST register on behalf of all entrants to firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly state:
- Your name and position
- School or establishment
- Primary or secondary
Please be aware that Childnet may feature footage on their website
Micro are running a film competition for young people aged 13 or older to
create a video for their competition "What's Your Story 2011". The
competition is open to individuals or schools in the USA,
UK and Canada. Videos can be submitted by individuals or as a group effort by their schools (Note this competion is open to Secondary Schools only).
include: One $10,000USD for the grand prize and overall winner; six $500USD category prizes (three awarded
to schools per category and three awarded to individuals per category). All prizes
are in US Dollars or the equivalent in British Pound Sterling or Canadian Dollars
at contest closing date.
The videos will be used to
help educate children, young people and families and will promoted by members
of the judging panel which includes Trend Micro, Childnet International and
videos should be 30 seconds to 2 minutes
long, must not use copyrighted content like someone else's music and must cover one of the
1. Being a Good Online Citizen
Being a good online citizen
means thinking critically about your behaviour and acting ethically while
online. Do you think about the consequences of what you say/post and do you
treat others as you would in person? Topics for this category may cover one or
more of the following:
- Cyberbullying or online harassment
- Keeping a good reputation online
- Setting a good example for others or
reporting bad behaviour (versus just being a bystander)
2. Using a Mobile Phone Wisely
There are more ways to
connect online today than ever before. Mobile phone apps make sharing things
like your location, photos, videos and what your dog had for breakfast so easy.
Think about the following regarding wise mobile phone use:
- Snapping, storing and sharing photos
& videos that you wouldn't be embarrassed to share with the world or
that wouldn't embarrass or hurt someone else
- GPS and geo-location privacy - who
would you want knowing where you are?
- Phone security - what would happen if
you lost your phone or it was stolen?
3. Maintaining Your Privacy Online
Free, fun and fabulous
services are a part of our online lives - but they do have their risks. You
need to be aware of what a stranger can find out about you and how your
information can be used in the wrong hands. Being a savvy web user is more
important than ever - how do you keep your personal information safe? Some
things to think about:
- Privacy policies - Do you know if your
personal information is being protected, how it's being used, or who it's
being shared with?
- Are you using secure website, privacy
settings and security software in a way that protects your information
from getting into the wrong hands?
- Do you respect the privacy of others,
or are you posting information or pictures about them without regard for
You can find out more about
the competition by visiting these links:
What's your story 2011 Home
Official Competition Rules (Please read before entering)
Internet Safety Advice
A news article from the
BBC from last year highlighted the concerns of professionals working with young
people becoming victims on online abuse: Teachers bullied by 'hate sites
In the light of increasing concerns around this
issue, The South West Grid for Learning, working with Childnet International, are
in the process of establishing a helpline and web resources to support
professionals dealing with this. They wish to better understand the prevalence of
this problem and also the nature of incident and are working with the
University of Plymouth to conduct a brief survey to collect experiences related
to these issues. They are asking for professionals who work with
children and young people to respond to the survey which comprises of 20 short
questions and will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. All data collected is entirely anonymous and will
be stored securely, accessible only by the researchers in this project.
If you have any questions about the nature or
process of this survey, please contact Professor Andy Phippen email@example.com.
If you would like to take part then please fill in the survey here
Kent County Council's e-Safety Strategy Group are proud to launch new resources for professionals in time for Safer Internet Day 2011 entitled "Think B4U..." which includes a Poster (A3 and A4 versions) and a workbook.
The resources have been developed by multi-agency professionals including staff from schools, Connexions, Kent Youth Service, Kent Police and Safeguarding.
The workbook and poster have been developed to support
professionals in exploring e-Safety concerns with children, young people and
their families in both formal and informal settings. The resources can be used
by a variety of staff and it is recommended that professionals use the
materials as a starting point and differentiate them according to the needs and
ability of the audiences they will be used with.
The poster is intended to be displayed in communal areas
where it can stimulate discussion. The workbook contains useful information and
guidance for staff and parents/carers as well as suggested activities and uses for the material.
Copies of the workbook and poster can be downloaded and printed from www.kenttrustweb.org.uk?esafety or the weblinks below
We hope that all settings find these documents useful and professionals from a variety of agencies can use them to deliver e-Safety messages to all members of their community.
Please contact the e-Safety officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any suggestions for any future updates.
‘Exposed' - video for KS3/4
developed a suite of resources designed to tackle the issue of young people
taking indecent images which are then circulated to a wider audience. These
resources consist of a ten minute film called ‘Exposed' and accompanying lesson
plans for classroom activities or assemblies. The materials show common ways young people get into this situation,
explore the consequences of these actions and what they can do if they find
themselves in this position. ‘Exposed'
is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds, although in practice you may feel the film is
suitable for those outside of this range.
information on the resource can be found at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/exposed and www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/control/sexting/
download these resources from www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/resources/ and selecting
‘Exposed' under the 11 - 16's tab.
Interactive e-Safety Game for KS2
There is a
new internet safety game for 8 - 10 year olds called ‘Star Riders'. This
interactive game requires the user to answer questions about internet safety to
increase the amount of time they have to collect stars and avoid nasty
icons. There is a leader board to encourage users to improve. The
questions users are asked will be changed every few months to reflect new
access this game at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/star-rider/
reports of a serious e-Safety incident to the e-Safety Officer where primary
aged children have accidentally accessed inappropriate and potentially illegal
abuse material at home via clicking a link and using applications on a Facebook
profile. We would like to encourage all schools to bring the important issue of
keeping children safe online to the whole school community.
incidents have been reported to the police and are being dealt with appropriately
but we wish to highlight this concern to all schools and settings so they can speak to
children, parents and carers regarding the use of social networking websites
and especially the use of such sites by primary aged children (despite many
sites having an age limit of 13).
letter has been created which schools may wish to use and adapt to highlight
this concern to parents and carers and suggestions for possible measures they
might like to consider. Settings might like to use this as a reminder that
Safer Internet Day 2011 is 8 February and this may provide an ideal
opportunity to reinforce this message. For more information on Safer Internet
Day please visit: www.saferinternet.org.uk
essential that all parents and carers help their children to understand how to
protect their personal information, keep safe online and how to report a
problem and that parents and carers themselves are aware of the potential
dangers posed to children online. If any children do raise concerns about
content they have accessed or if they have seen any upsetting or inappropriate
content whilst using the internet then they can visit www.ceop.police.uk/reportabuse
and report the concern.
e-Safety incidents may occur outside of the school, it is important that all
schools recognise the important role they have to play in helping children
learn how to keep safe online and in supporting parents and carers with this
task. Schools, parents and carers must recognise that we cannot rely on banning
children from accessing sites, or relying on filters or parental controls to
safeguard our children when they are online. It is essential we all work together
to educate children and young people to the possible online risks and ensure
they are aware of how to behave safely online and understand what to do if they
encounter a problem.
must have a clear and up-to-date e-Safety policy which should be communicated
to the whole school community. The e-Safety Policy should highlight how to
report an eSafety incident and who the schools designated e-Safety lead or
coordinator is. There are a number of resources available on our website to
support schools with this (including a flowchart to support schools in
responding to incidents) at www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kcn/e-safety_home.cfm
and Kent schools can contact the e-Safety Officer, Rebecca Avery to discuss any
concerns regarding this matter or any other e-Safety issues.
Day (SID) is a European-wide initiative organised
each year in February to promote safer and more
responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst
children and young people across the world. Make sure you save the date and
join in either at work or at home!
The theme for
SID 2011 is "Our Virtual Lives" and “It’s more than a game, it's your
life" and will take place on 8th February 2011.
Safer Internet Day in the UK
SID in the UK will be led by the new Safer Internet Centre, which starts on 1
January 2011 and is made up of Childnet International, the South West Grid for
Learning, and the Internet Watch Foundation. The UK Safer Internet Centre will be launching
a new website, www.saferinternet.org.uk,
at the beginning of January 2011.
for primary and secondary schools containing a range of cross curricular
activities and teaching plans are already available on the Childnet website and will also be available
from the new UK Safer Internet Centre website.
activities SID will include a Young People's Forum, bringing together 40
regionally selected young people for an interactive conference to result in the
new ideas for the creation of a new resource for the Key Stage 5 age group, and
a Safer Internet Day 12 hour radio phone-in.
CEOP (Child Exploitation
and Online Protection Centre) will also be launching new resources and activities,
amongst them will be:
Life Online Competition - CEOP are encouraging 8-16 year olds to get creative
and tell parents about their activities online. This is a great opportunity for
children and young people to communicate with their parents about their online
activities, hopefully passing on a few insider tips! For further information visit:
will be releasing a range of new resources for 8-18 year olds on their website.
Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more details
and stakeholders such as BBC and Disney have committed to launching new resources
for Safer Internet Day - links to these will be provided here on the e-Safety
blog in the run up to SID.
Safer Internet Day in Kent
Here in Kent
we promoting new resources and are encouraging schools and other
settings to discuss keeping safe online with children, young people, staff and
parents/carers. The Kent Safeguarding Children Board e-Safety Subgroup will be
launching new resources and information for the Kent Children's workforce to
enable us to help children and young people behave responsibly and safely
online. More information will be posted at www.kscb.org.uk
In Kent, we
have a full-time e-Safety Officer who provides advice, guidance, training and
support to schools and other settings regarding e-Safety and keeping children and young people safe
online. You can contact the e-Safety Officer with questions or queries regarding
e-Safety and e-Safety incidents via email email@example.com
Officer is looking to create a list of schools or other settings who are taking
part in activities across Kent to highlight Safer Internet Day. This will also
be useful for the press team who will be looking for events across Kent to
highlight the day. Also remember that Safer Internet
Day is not only there to remind children and young people of safety messages
related to the internet, so why not think about educating parent/carers and staff about the oppounities as well as the risks of the internet.
comments below about any activities you have planned or you can contact the e-Safety Officer to register your plans and for
more information. Make sure you check this blog closer to the date for more information and resources!
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) www.ico.gov.uk
has released a press release "Parents can snap away this Christmas" regarding parents taking photos of children at Christmas
plays and events. The
ICO states that the "Data Protection Act does not prevent family and friends
from taking photographs at school concerts or plays this Christmas" and schools cannot and should not ban them from doing so.
Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham said: "Having a child perform at a school
play or a festive concert is a very proud moment for parents and is
understandably a memory that many want to capture on camera. It is
disappointing to hear that the myth that such photos are forbidden by the Data
Protection Act still prevails in some schools. A common sense approach is
needed - clearly, photographs simply taken for a family album are exempt from
data protection laws. Armed with our guidance, parents should feel free to snap
away this Christmas and stand ready to challenge any schools or councils that
say ‘Bah, Humbug' to a bit of festive fun."
The ICO has produced guidance to dispel any confusion and
explain parents' rights under the Act, explaining that the Data Protection Act
(DPA) is unlikely to apply in most situations where photographs are taken by
parents in schools. The DPA does apply when photographs of children are taken
for official use by a school or college such as for issuing identification
passes or publicity purposes. In the other small number of instances where the APD does apply, if the
photographer obtains permission from the parent or individual to take a
photograph, then this will usually be enough to ensure compliance.
The full information can be found here: http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/data_protection/practical_application/taking_photos.pdf
Many schools have been
querying this practise with the e-Safety Officer after complaints about parents
posting photos of children and staff events on social networking sites. As the ICO states, this is considered to be "personal
use" and therefore is acceptable, however the main concern arises when there
are vulnerable children or adults (such as looked after children, adopted
children or those fleeing domestic abuse) included and shared online without
consent. It is good practise for schools
to remind or request parents to be careful about which photos they choose to share
online and to highlight the need for us all to think before we post in order to help protect all members of the school community.
If a photo or video is shared online that could be considered to put a member of the school community at risk, then it is essential that the person who posted the image is asked to remove it as soon as possible. If the photo contains an image of a child under the age of 13 then sites such as Facebook will remove unauthorised images or videos is they are contacted by parents/carers using the form found for images here or for a video here. For more information regardining removing an image of aFacebook visit the help centre
could encourage parents/carers to consider the following ideas before they share photos or videos online:
posted and shared online any image or video can be copied and will stay online
people do not want their images online for personal or religious reasons.
children, families and staff may have a complex family background which means
that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences.
children and adults are at risk and MUST NOT have their image put online and not
all members of the school community will know who they are. Always ask permission
before sharing photos or videos online.
order to keep all members of the school community safe we must all ‘Think Before We Post' photos and videos online
Another suggestion schools may wish to use to discuss concerns
with the school community is to use their Home School Agreement and the
addition of a paragraph related to parents/ carers and children's use of
technology outside of school. A possible statement to add could be: 'We will support the school's
approach to e-Safety and will not upload or add any pictures, video or text
that could upset, offend or threaten the safety of any member of the school
For more information contact:
Michelle Hunt, Access to Information Co-ordinator, CFE, 01622
696692 Information on the
Data Protection Act
e-Safety Officer, CFE, 01622 221469 e-Safety Information
Following enquiries from schools and settings regarding the use of the resource website Sparklebox.co.uk, the Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) e-Safety subgroup would like to make the following statement.
In January 2010 a former teacher, Mr Samuel
Kinge was convicted and jailed in relation to possession and creation of
indecent images of children for a second time. Mr Kinge has been associated
with Sparklebox.co.uk, a children's learning materials website about which
there have been concerns. Mr Kinge has now been released subject to Police
restrictions and is now back running the site. There is however a
view that his involvement with any service provider bidding in any regulated competitive
procurement of relevant learning materials would make it proper for that
provider to be excluded from such a procurement due to his conviction.
Having considered and evaluated these matters
carefully and weighed up how best children might be protected, the KSCB e-Safety subgroup is of the
opinion that it should continue to block the Sparklebox.co.uk website. The KSCB e-Safety subgroup will continue to keep this matter under review and
recommends that any school thinking about having access to relevant materials
should first carefully address and manage any child safeguarding risk as well
as any moral concerns or questions. Any schools or establishments wishing to
discuss this issue further should contact the e-Safety Officer.
KSCB e-Safety Subgroup
Text adapted from statement by SWGfL http://www.swgfl.org.uk/Staying-Safe/Content/News-Articles/Sparklebox
One in five children aged 8 to 16 has had their mobile phone
stolen, often by another child or group of children [ Office for National Statistics]
With Christmas just around the corner, many of your students
will have the latest mobile phone handset at the top of their wish list;
download FREE teaching resources now from "Out of your hands" to ensure students
stay street smart and safe from involvement in mobile phone crime.
Download the FREE parent and student leaflet: Watch it!
Safety Tips for 7-11 years
Download the FREE student leaflets: Watch it! Safety Tips
Activities and Resources:
7-11 year olds - Explore the impact of mobile phone theft;
the art of communication and find out about information exchange, with
resources for English, ICT and PSHE.
11-14 year olds - Discover the impact of mobile phone theft
through resources for Drama and Citizenship
14-16 year olds - Help your students to consider the impact
of mobile phone theft; changing technologies and SMS text language on their
lives through resources for English and ICT.
With thanks to Tim McShane from WiredSafety
Vodafone has created a new
magazine called ‘Digital Parenting
' to help parents get to grips and get
involved with their children's digital world.
The magazine brings together
experts from around the world to give parents the latest advice on digital
issues, such as online reputation, location services, sexting, cyberbullying
and illegal content. Parents, teenagers and grandparents also share their personal
experiences and a series of ‘How to...' tutorials guide parents through the
safety and privacy controls on Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Vodafone.
"With so many parents
telling us that they sometimes feel baffled by their children's digital world,
we decided to take a new approach," comments Annie Mullins OBE, Global Head of
Content Standards at Vodafone. "Our website at http://www.vodafone.com/parents
already offers comprehensive advice about the digital issues affecting young
people but some parents still prefer paper-based information. Whatever their
level of experience and expertise, this magazine will help parents to keep up
with digital technologies and stay in control."
Digital Parenting is
available in hard copy and online at www.vodafone.com/parents
. Free copies are being distributed to parenting groups, local education
authorities and other relevant organisations. To order a copy of the magazine,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
School and educational settings might like to email the link to parents and carers and staff. Why not highlight the resource in school newletters or on school websites?
A new booklet has been launched today to help provide
parents across the globe with the tools and the confidence they need to help their teenagers improve
their privacy and safety on Facebook
The booklet "A Parents Guide to
Facebook" has been written by Larry Magid and Anne Collier. Anne Collier is
co-director of ConnectSafely.org and editor of NetFamilyNews and Larry Magid who is also a
co-director of ConnectSafely, is founder and editor of SafeKids.com.
The booklet is a 32-page guide which features hands-on,
step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as discussion points on age
limits, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers mobile phone and
computer-based use of Facebook and also considers the site's newest features,
including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates (Autumn 2010). Whilst the booklet is an American based resource (use of the term cell phone etc)
it's an excellent tool for parents and carers to use to highlight issues to consider and safer approaches to take when your child is using Facebook.
ConnectSafely also has an at-a-glance interactive
chart with recommendations and links to pages in Facebook where teenagers
can configure the best privacy settings for them.
Please read the following message from the Schools Broadband Team at
"Google have made extensive changes to the way they
handle image searches. The effect of these changes is to break the filtering of
thumbnails from blocked sites. Access to the websites are still blocked
but thumbnail images are being displayed in Google search
results. In addition it is not currently possible to enforce safe
search on Google through Websense, potentially resulting in users being able to
return search results for inappropriate material.
Google are aware of the issue and the problems for schools who want to use
Google's image search engine and discussion is taking place through national
forums, however, the code changes made by Google are extensive and it is not
yet clear that a comprehensive solution can be implemented by EiS in the short
For these reasons we have taken the decision to block access
to Google Image search until we can find a suitable workaround to this issue.
In general we recommend that all Primary schools use a search site designed for
younger children such as www.askkids.com or www.picsearch.com where the image results
are much more appropriate than the results from Google.
For older students and staff you may wish to consider using www.bing.co.uk for searches.
The Websense image blocking continues to work on that site.
Schools wishing to continue using Google Images where
supervision of searches can be assured should contact the Schools Broadband
Service Desk; 01622 206040 or email@example.com
to have the site unblocked.
EiS apologises for any inconvenience caused and will
continue working with Websense and Google to ensure this situation is resolved
as soon as possible."
For more details and information from EiS about Google
Images, visit www.eiskent.co.uk?googleimages
Any updates will be posted on the EiS website and the e-Safety blog.
More than one in eight
children in Europe have been bothered or upset by online content, finds a report
published on the 21st
October. The EU Kids Online project based at
the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) conducted interviews
in 25 European countries for the report, entitled Risks and safety on the
on interviews with 23,000 young people aged 9-19 across Europe. However, it
also found most children had no upsetting experiences and the increasing
numbers of children online also brings more opportunities.
Livingstone, one of the report's authors and professor of media and communication
at LSE, said: ‘This study shows children
are going online younger and more often than ever before. The internet is now
central to children's lives across Europe and
they use it for a range of things which are often beneficial including
schoolwork, playing games, watching video and instant messaging. So while it is
worrying that some children have been upset by things they've encountered
online, it's important to balance this against the benefits and to understand
that risk doesn't always lead to harm. For instance, bullying online is the
behaviour most likely to upset children but it is also the least common risk
among all those we looked at. The youngest children are those who find it
hardest to cope with upsetting experiences and this is the area where
governments should promote actions to protect and educate.'
Key findings from the Report includes:
- The most common risks reported by children online are
communicating with new people not met face-to-face and seeing potentially
harmful user-generated content. It is much rarer for children to meet a
new online contact offline or be bullied online.
- 12% of European 9-16 year olds say that they have been bothered or upset by something on the internet. This includes 9% of
9-10 year olds.
- 1 in 12 children have met an online contact offline; but this risk
rarely has a harmful experience (1% said they had been bothered by an offline meeting).
- Half of all children said they find it easier to be themselves online
than in real life
- Many 11-12 year
olds lack basic safety skills such as knowing how to set privacy settings or
block unwanted contacts.
- Teenage boys are more exposed to sexual images while girls are slightly
more likely to receive hurtful messages - however, girls are more likely to be
upset by online risks than boys.
- 15% of 11-16 year olds have received peer to
peer "sexual messages or images and 3% say they have sent or posted such messages online.
- 19% of European 9-16 year olds have been
bullied, online or offline, and 12% have bullied
someone else, in the past year.
Examining online bullying only, 5% have been sent bullying messages while 3% have sent such messages.
- One in eight 9-16 year olds have seen user-generated content promoting hate or anorexia
- Overall 57% (65% in the UK) of 9-16 year olds across Europe
report having their own social networking profile. One quarter (24%) of the
9-10 year olds report having their own profile, compared with half (48%) of
11-12 year olds, 72% of 13-14 year olds and 81% of 15-16 year olds.
- In the UK 13% report to have a public
Social Networking account, 27% have an incorrect age, and 7% share their phone
number or home address.
- Parents were often not aware of the risks to which their children had
been exposed as 41% of parents whose child has seen sexual images online say
that their child has not seen this; 56% of parents whose child has received
nasty or hurtful messages online say that their child has not; 52% of parents
whose child has received sexual messages say that their child has not; 61% of
parents whose child has met offline with an online contact say that their child
- Children are going online at ever-younger ages - an average of seven in Sweden and eight in several other Northern
European countries, including the UK
- 48% of children in
who use the internet have access in their own bedroom
- Almost one in
three children (31%) has access to the internet via a mobile phone or other
handheld device. In the UK
21% access the internet via a handheld device and 29% via a mobile phone.
- 72% of children aged 9-19
in the UK
use the internet everyday or almost everyday.
An expanded version,
including policy recommendations and new findings on parental mediation, is due
To read the report and
supporting videos and documents visit www.eukidsonline.net
Protection Day and Safer Internet Day 2011
Data Protection Day 2011
Protection day is the 28th January 2011. Data Protection Day is an international celebration of the
dignity of the individual expressed through our unique personal
information. In this online and networked world, our identities,
locations, actions, purchases, associations, movements, and histories are stored
as so many bits and bytes, we have to ask - who is collecting all of this -
what are they doing with it - with whom are they sharing it? Most
of all, people are know asking ‘How can I protect my information from being
misused?' These are reasonable questions to ask and we should all want to
know the answers. To find out more (including links to lesson plans and
resources altough most are American based at present) and to register your interest please visit http://dataprivacyday2011.org/
As soon as more information and material becomes available,
this blog will be updated
Safer Internet Day 2011
The new Safer Internet
Centre starts on 1st January 2011, and is made up of Childnet International,
the South West Grid for Learning, and the Internet Watch Foundation. Safer Internet Day is a
great opportunity to raise awareness, and Childnet want to make Safer Internet
Day (SID) a collaborative event, where all of the networks work together to
build up a momentum to ensure that SID has the greatest impact on the audience
Safer Internet Day is on 8th
February 2011 and the theme this year is 'Virtual Lives', with the strap line
'It's more than a game, it's your life'.
The European coordinator of
the network of Awareness centres and Safer Internet Day, INSAFE, is developing
some content that will be shared and available for use on the day. This
banner advert, which is due to be ready by the end of October
toolkit, which is also due to be ready by the end of October
short film clip (about 15-30 seconds long) which will be ready in November.
The UK Safer Internet Centre
will have a number of resources available for the day, and in advance of the
quick lesson ideas
a game' Primary drama activity
IT All for Primary
Safer Internet Centre will list other resources and events happening relevant
for this age on the Safer Internet Centre website.
quick lesson plan ideas
Internet Day event for 16-18s
IT All for Secondary toolkit with lesson plans and accompanying resources
Safer Internet Centre will list other resources and events happening relevant
for this age on the Safer Internet Centre website.
The website for the Safer
Internet centre is www.saferinternet.org.uk
and the site is currently under construction. It will outline the new SIC, the
plans and resources from SIC and other stakeholders, and will include a map of
If you have any further
questions about any of this, or want to discuss your plans, do get in touch
with the esafety officer either via email or this blog, or contact the Safer
will keep you posted on plans and resources as they become available, and it
would be great to hear from Schools in Kent about any plans.
Today (7th October 2010) is
the fourth national Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) awareness day. This year
internet companies are joining together with government departments, charities
and police bodies to promote the IWF and its confidential online reporting
IWF is marking the day by
launching its new website designed to make it even easier for the public to
report suspicious content on the web and providing up-to-date information about
their work and how they operate: www.iwf.org.uk. The website receives
around 400,000 visits a year and has dealt with over 35,000 reports so far this
The Internet Watch
Foundation is an independent industry body and since 1996 has operated the UK
Hotline for the public to report criminal online content. Reports can be
submitted anonymously and each one is assessed and tracked by a specialist team
of analysts. Action is taken to remove and disrupt criminal web content,
particularly images of child sexual abuse. IWF provides details of websites
depicting child sexual abuse to police forces and Hotlines around the world for
investigation leading to the removal thousands of images from the internet.
Eve Salomon, IWF Chair, said: "It
is crucial that everyone knows they can report child sexual abuse images to us
and have confidence that we will work to get them removed and investigated,
wherever they originate in the world. It's fantastic to see our member
companies joining forces and getting behind this initiative by publicising our
Hotline to their customers. Fighting child sexual abuse is something that
unites us all and a report to the IWF could rescue a child from suffering."
This month also sees IWF's
industry members working together to enhance the self-regulatory and accountability
structures around the blocking initiative which prevents accidental exposure to
child sexual abuse images. This is an important milestone and marks the launch
of a testing and transparency programme for the blocking solutions of IWF
member companies taking the IWF list of child sexual abuse web pages. The
number of companies which choose to receive this list continues to grow with
over 70 internet services providers, search and content providers, mobile
operators and filtering companies around the world now taking steps to protect
their customers in this way.
The IWF publishes a list on
its website of companies taking this list and testing their systems for
effective deployment of a blocking solution. Therefore the public can see which
companies are doing their best to effectively prevent their customers being
exposed to child sexual abuse content.
For further information on
this testing programme see here.
the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public
and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and
confidential way. The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content
within their remit. The IWF works in
partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and
international partners to minimise the availability of this content,
- child sexual abuse images hosted
anywhere in the world
- criminally obscene adult content hosted
in the UK
- incitement to racial hatred
content hosted in the UK
- non-photographic child sexual abuse
images hosted in the UK.
The IWF is an independent self-regulatory body, funded by the EU and the wider online
industry, including internet service providers, mobile operators and
manufacturers, content service providers, filtering companies, search
providers, trade associations, and the financial sector. The IWFs self-regulatory
partnership approach is widely recognised as a model of good practice in
combating the abuse of technology for the dissemination of criminal
The IWF works with UK
government to influence initiatives developed to combat online abuse and this
dialogue goes beyond the UK and Europe to promote greater awareness of global
issues, trends and responsibilities. The
IWF works internationally with INHOPE Hotlines and other relevant organisations
to encourage united global responses to the problem and wider adoption of good
practice in combating child sexual abuse images on the internet.
The IWF helps internet
service providers and hosting companies to combat the abuse of their networks
through their ‘notice and takedown' service which alerts ISPs to content so
they can remove it from their networks and provide unique data to law
enforcement partners in the UK and abroad to assist investigations into the distributors. As
a result of this approach the content the IWF deal with has been virtually
eradicated from UK
networks. As sexually abusive images of children are primarily hosted abroad, the
IWF facilitates the industry-led initiative to protect users from inadvertent
exposure to this content by blocking access to it through their
provision of a dynamic list of child sexual abuse web pages.
There are a number of tactics carried out by the IWF on a national and, where
relevant, international basis which are having an effect in minimising the
availability of child sexual abuse content:
- Reporting mechanism for the public to
report their inadvertent exposure to potentially criminal child sexual
- ‘Notice and takedown' system to swiftly
remove child sexual abuse content at source.
- Targeted assessment and monitoring
system to remove child sexual abuse content in newsgroups.
- Provision of a child sexual abuse URL
list to ISPs, mobile operators, search engines and content providers to
help disrupt access to child sexual abuse content.
- Working with domain name registries and
registrars to deregister domain names dedicated to the distribution of
child sexual abuse content.
Please note that 'child pornography', 'child porn' and 'kiddie
porn' are not acceptable terms. The use of
such language acts to legitimise images which are not pornography,
rather, they are permanent records of children being sexually abused and as
such should be referred to as child sexual abuse images.
Press release from IWF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 237700
In July 2010, all Kent Schools and education settings received copies of the recently updated Kent e-Safety Sample Policy and guidance to enable them to consider recent advances in technology and ensure that their school practise is up-to-date. Included with these documents was a short check list which we requested schools to complete and return to the e-Safety Officer. This checklist was essential in ensuring that Kent County Council understand better the issues that schools, settings, children and young people have with e-Safety and also to plan the e-Safety Officer's input and focus for the next academic year and help schools and settings work towards a common goal of an e-Safety aware Kent.
To date, over 160 schools and settings have completed and returned the forms.
The key issues identified from the results received so far are with staff training (especially for non-teaching staff and governors), staff confidence in teaching e-Safety (especially at Key Stage 1 and 2 and in special schools) and working with parents/carers. As a result of this we are pleased to announce that the e-Safety Officer is delivering a selection of training which will be suitable for school staff from a variety of settings to attend.
Multi-Agency training for all professionals can be accessed via the Kent Safeguarding Children Board. This training is delivered across different course - a half day which focuses on e-Safety awareness raising for professionals, a half day which enables staff to become an accredited Think U Know trainer and a whole day which focuses on Child Protection Concerns and looks at some of the key online risks in more detail. The KSCB training can be booked here
Additionally, School staff can access e-Safety training via EIS which is a series of ½ sessions focused on delivering an e-Safety curriculum and working with parents. These sessions are split into Primary and Special and Secondary and Special and are targeted at the designated e-Safety leads. This training will provide staff with a variety of resources to use with pupils as well as staff and parents/carers in order to raise the profile of e-Safety within their own setting. The courses will also look at professional behaviour online as a number of schools raised concerns about protecting staff especially the use of social networking sites. The EIS training can be booked here
District training sessions for groups of schools which will look at staff CPD, Pupil training and sessions for parents/carers in local areas and bespoke training sessions for schools will also be offered by the Kent CPD Online portal which can be accessed here
We have also been able to identify specific gaps in the resources Kent County Council offers and are now working on updating these to reflect recent changes. We have identified that some schools and settings do not ensure that all staff sign a Code of Conduct or Acceptable Use Policy and are therefore are updating the current Kent template. This will also emphasise the fact that staff should be using school provided email address etc for professional purposes as this could potentially leave staff vulnerable.
If you are a Kent School or educational setting and have not yet completed and returned the e-Safety checklist please complete the document and return either via post, fax or email to the e-Safety Officer as soon as possible.
The responses recieved so far echo a recent study undertaken by University of Plymouth and South West Grid for Learning of the 547 education establishments in England and Wales using the 360 Degree Safe e-Safety tool. The 360 Degree Safe tool enables schools to assess their own provision against 28 separate aspects and offers improvement advice and is free to use.
The report revealed that the filtering out of unwanted and harmful websites and the adoption of e-Safety policy by schools is generally strong, but that staff training is one of the weakest areas. The report also reveals that primary schools generally rated themselves lower compared to their secondary counterparts and suggests that there are fewer opportunities for e safety advice to children in rural and semi-rural schools compared to urban areas. Mobile phones and hand held devices are also identified as being a challenge for both primary and secondary schools.
You can read the full report here
For any other e-Safety queries or concerns, please contact the e-Safety Officer.
Facebook Places is now live to all Facebook users in the UK. If you are a Facebook user, please ensure you understand how the feature works and how to protect yourself.
What is Facebook Places?
Places is a location based Facebook feature which has just been launched in the UK. Places allows Facebook users to see where their friends are and share their location in the real world using a location based device such as a Smartphone or mobile phone. When you use Places, you can see if any friends are currently "checked in" nearby. You can "check into" nearby Places to tell your friends where you are, tag your friends in the Places you visit, and view comments your friends have made about Places you visit.
Facebook Places hopes to enable users to connect with people in a completely new way and make real life links and if you are responsible and careful there can be some benefits to most users. However, Places does bring about several privacy and security risks especially for children or more vulnerable groups of people, as they may not consider the full implications and consequences of sharing either their own or their friends real world location online, potentially with strangers.
Your location is not automatically shared by Facebook and is only shared when you (or your friends) check in to a Place. Facebook users have control over whether and with whom they share your check-ins. However Facebook Places is an Opt Out rather than Opt in application, so all users need to be aware how to ensure they use it appropriately (if at all).
How can I change the settings?
In the "Customize settings" section of your main privacy settings, simply select the drop-down box next to "Places I check in to" and select one of the four recommended settings: Everyone, Friends and Networks, Friends of Friends, or Friends Only. Alternatively, you can make the locations you check in to visible to or hidden from specific people by clicking "Custom" - you can also choose "only me" which is the most restrictive setting and is the closet option to opting out.
If you don't want your friends to be able to check you into Places, (meaning friends can potentially share your current location with others), then select the drop down box in "Things Others Share" called "Friends can check me in to Places." If you don't want your friends to be able to "check" you into places then set this to "Disabled". Keep in mind that if you enable this setting then any friend could potentially check you in any place even if you are not there.
How do I remove my name when a friend has tagged me in a place?
If a friend has tagged you in a Place and you would like to remove your name, then go to the Place story (which can be found on your profile, your friend's profile, or the Place page) and select "Remove Tag." You will no longer be connected to that Place. Only your confirmed friends on Facebook are able to tag you in a Place and only if you have enabled them to do so.
How does Places Privacy work for under 18s?
Facebook have reduced the visibility of information for anyone under 18 (assuming they signed up with the correct date of birth). With the Places application in particular, under 18s will only be able to share their locations with people on their friends list on Facebook (it is essential that young people understand this when accepting online friends or setting up a profile). Even if they have set all other information on their profile as visible to "Everyone", the settings for places will automatically be restricted and only their friends list will be able to see Places he or she has visited.
For further information please visit Facebook's Help Section on Places
BBC News Report can be found here
Below is a selection of new tools and resources to help with your e-Safety practice in this school year!
Today - Teacher of the Month Competition
Teach Today is a website which aims to
help education professionals understand new technologies and to help them be
aware how to protect themselves as well as students.
the Teachtoday ‘Teacher
of the Month' competition and win a cash prize to help you implement your
e-Safety project in class. All you have to do is share your ideas and
experiences on promoting the responsible use of digital technologies (eg
internet, mobiles, social networking and games consoles) in the classroom.
post should describe:
- a project you
have implemented or wish to implement in class to educate your students
about the responsible use of new technologies, such as the internet,
mobiles, social networking and games consoles
strategies, pedagogical material or code of practice you have set up in
class to foster responsible use of new technologies
the website to learn more
about entering - read the rules to
learn more about the competition or simply sign in and post your blog or create
a new strand in the forum. In sharing your ideas you will help foster a
community of support from your peers. The author of the best entry each month
will become "Teacher of the Month". Please feel free to post your
questions in the blog
, in the forum or via
the contact form
Today has a team of experts ready to respond so make sure you get your entry in
Back to School 2010 gift from Insafe
is a European network of Awareness Centres, Co-funded by the Safer Internet
Programme, promoting safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices
to young people. They have launched a box of tools and tips
to start the year off on a positive note which includes lesson plans and
activities on Password safety, quizzes and safety tips.
the lesson plans etc can be all be accessed here
your Space - Free ebook For Teens
Microsoft has released a free ebook covering a wide range
of on-line safety and security topics aimed at older teenagers/secondary school
The book is
called "Own Your Space - Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online"
and is a useful and comprehensive resource for anyone interested in learning
more about online security such as phishing, cyber-stalking, cyberbullying. It also
provides history and real examples of the problems that can come from security
risks as well as how to take steps to protect ourselves online.
download all (or separate chapters of the book) here
Safe Project for Primary Schools - Launching October 12th
"Safe" is a
new programme of practical, activities to develop primary children's skills,
self-confidence and safety awareness when using social network sites. Safe is a
project created by Radiowaves, Childnet International
and The I in Online.
safe, social network, downloadable materials and teacher resources, the
programme will enable primary schools to deliver fun activities which develop their
pupils' digital literacy skills. By completing the programme pupils gain a Safe certificate as
evidence of their learning and will be encouraged to develop online safety
skills to use at home and at school.
tasks are linked to the English Primary Curriculum as well as the Scottish
Curriculum for Excellence. All of the pupils tasks are supported by teacher
packs which include how to guides, discussion topics and expected learning
is based around 3 core concepts to help encourage pupils to ask critical
questions before they share information or media.
- Who will see what you
share? How do you control who can see it?
- What are you sharing?
Is it yours to share? What personal information are you sharing?
- Where are you sharing
things? Is this the best place for you and your work?
to express your interest and to keep informed about new resources and updates
ready for the launch date on October 12th 2010.
Beat Bullying and National Anti Bullying Week
Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 15-19 November and kicks off with something
really special on Monday 15 November. The theme for 2010 is 'Taking Action
Together.' With this in mind Beat Bullying are inviting you to get your school ready for
the biggest and most exciting Anti-Bullying Week ever
planned. Beat Bullying have produced a range of merchandise which your school can
purchase to tie in with Anti-Bullying Week.
The Big March
year's Anti-Bullying week Beat Bullying are doing something truly special and
invites you to take part in the Big March against bullying. The Big March is the
world's first 'virtual' march - young people, their friends, families, teachers
and parents will be signing a petition and marching across the web. No real
marching takes place, it all happens online, as thousands of people will
'virtually' march across a range of partner websites to deliver the petition at
No. 10 Downing Street on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week - Monday 15
The Big March Park opens on September 15th and you can register for the march, sign the petition, get your
placard and get ready to march with Beat Bullying. In the park there is a range of virtual tents with a huge number of interactive
resources for young people, teachers and parents including lesson plans, videos,
learning materials and much more! Some tents are sponsored by
companies like Google and others by children's charities like Action for
Children and the Children's Commissioner.
Please do visit the
Park, sign up with your schools and classes and help Beat Bullying make digital history!
All you need to do is go to www.beatbullying.org/bigmarch to sign
A range of exciting merchandise has been
produced this year as well as some special Beatbullying SillyBandz designed by
Aston from JLS. They can be purchased in packs of 50 and 100 and if you choose
you can sell them back to students to raise funds for your school. You can find out more and order wristbands and stickers.
Big March is a pioneering campaign and is going to capture the eyes, ears and
hearts of the world. Please encourage your school to visit the Park and sign
If you have any further suggestions for useful e-Safety resources then please contact the e-Safety officer or post them in comments below.
Education Team has launched a new suite of resources as part of the Think U Know
website to help protect and inform young people with additional
needs around internet safety issues. There are several resources
available for professionals to use with this audience and all the resources
have been developed by working closely with an extensive range of disability
groups and professionals working in this area. The resources have also
been assessed by various focus groups of young people during their development.
Film for young people who are deaf: "Sams Real Friends"
This film is a 12 minute dramatisation depicting
a young boy who experiences cyberbullying and grooming online;
The key messages in this film are:
To be kind to each other online
Be aware that others can lie about who they are
Protect personal information online
Know who to tell if you're worried.
All actors in the film use British Sign
The film is simple and linear in its portrayal,
helping the audience to receive clear messages
Attention was paid to ensure accurate
illustration of the deaf community (including colloquial signs and text speak);
There are two versions of the film that can be
accessed, one that plays the film straight and another that plays the action
Film for young people with special educational needs and learning disabilities: "Know your friends with Josh and Sue"
This film is a 5 minute animation depicting two
friends who experience cyberbullying and grooming online;
There are four main learning points for the film
that are summarised at the end of the animation to help the young people
remember what happened and how they can protect themselves. The key messages
To be kind to each other online
Be aware that others can lie about who they are
Protect personal information online
Know who to tell if you're worried.
There are three versions of this animation:
One for mild to moderate needs
One for moderate to severe needs
One that places the audio in isolation, for
blind and visually impaired young people.
All versions of this animation depict simple,
linear and clear messages;
Lesson plans and
Both films are accompanied by a set of curriculum linked lesson plans
and suggested activity sheets. They are designed to reinforce and
explore the key messages in the films through various activities and
discussions and professionals can utilise and adapt these lessons and
activities to make them appropriate for the young people they work with.
There will also be stickers available to order by post to
help support the learning and remind the young people of where to go to get
help. These stickers are slightly raised and textured and can be used in
workbooks or as rewards.
Some of the previously released Think U Know videos for children and young people in KS1, KS2 and KS3 (Jigsaw,
Consequences and Lee and Kim) are also now available with BSL and/or subtitles.
This new range of resources is available free of charge via www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers.
Facebook and the CEOP Centre have joined forces to
make young people safer online by launching the new Facebook ‘ClickCEOP' application http://apps.facebook.com/clickceop/
Launched on the 12th
July, all young users of Facebook - and their parents/carers - are invited to
add the new ClickCEOP ‘app' to their profile. Through this app, they will be
able to access advice, help and support directly from the CEOP Centre as well
as Facebook. Crucially, young people will be able to report instances of
suspected grooming or inappropriate sexual behaviour directly from their
profile to specially trained investigators from CEOP.The ‘app' is the outcome of
collaboration between CEOP and Facebook who have combined Facebook's expertise
in connecting and communicating online with CEOP's expertise in helping young
people stay safe.
Once added to their profiles,
young users (and any adults who add the app) will receive regular messages from
CEOP and its partner organisations who operate ‘behind the button' to make
children safer. CEOP's new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP) will also contain polls, news
alerts and status updates. The page will look at topics that teenagers care
about, such as celebrities, music and exams and will link these subjects to
questions about online safety.
Any Facebook user can add
or bookmark the ‘app' so it appears on their profile, as not only a constant
source of help and reassurance but also as a strong visual signal to friends,
family and others that they are in control online.
The move is also being
supported by an advertising campaign on Facebook that will encourage take up,
which will include an automatic advert appearing on every profile of users aged
between 13-18 years inviting them to add the app.
Jim Gamble, Chief Executive
of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre said:
represents a huge step forward. By adding this app, Facebook users will have
direct access to all the services that sit behind our ClickCEOP button and this
should provide reassurance for the many parents whose teenage children use
Facebook. We know from speaking to offenders that a visible deterrent could
protect young people online. We urge all Facebook users not only to add the
app, but also to bookmark it so that others can see that they're in control
online. Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the ClickCEOP button is well
documented - this is a good day for child protection."
Facebook's Vice President for EMEA said:
"Nothing is more
important than the safety of our users, which is why we have invested so much
in making Facebook one of the safest places on the internet. There is no single
silver bullet to making the internet safer but by joining forces with CEOP, we
have developed a comprehensive solution which marries our expertise in
technology with CEOP's expertise in online safety. Together we have
developed a new way of helping young people stays safe online and backed this
with an awareness campaign to publicise it to young users. It is only through
the constant and concerted effort of the industry, police, parents and young
people themselves that we can all keep safe online - whether on Facebook or
ClickCEOP in Facebook -
How can we help?
If you would like to
support CEOP and Facebook's initiative, please use any of the following updates.
Facebook status update:
If you have a fan page,
profile or group on Facebook then add the ClickCEOP app directly and promote it
to your users. If you work with young
people then promote young people use of the Facebook App across your school or
Web site content:
Feel free to add this to your website/communications
channel for young people and parents/carers
"Every young person
on Facebook needs the ClickCEOP app - this is why
If you have teenagers,
then you'll know they will probably be using Facebook. You might even be
using it yourself... if so, you will want to know about a new, free
application in Facebook that is designed to keep young people safe while they
are having fun networking online.
ClickCEOP is a new ‘app'
launched on Monday 12 July which links the young usre (and parents) directly
from their Facebook profile to help, advice and reporting facilities of the
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - the police agency set
up to tackle child abuse www.ceop.police.uk
By adding the app, young
people and parents can get support from CEOP on a range of issues - viruses,
hacking, dealing with bullying online and they can report someone who is acting
inappropriately towards them online.
If you have a Facebook
profile, app and bookmark the app. If children in your care are on
Facebook, get them to search ‘ClickCEOP' in Facebook and give them to chance to
be one click away from help - if they should ever need it.
- Add the CEOP Report Abuse button to your web browser
You can download
the 'Click CEOP' button into your browser toolbar to provide instant access to
internet safety information for children and parents.
This works on
Internet Explorer 8, Firefox or Google Chrome. www.ceop.police.uk/browsersafety
Register your Website as a "Digital Asset"
manage or are in the process of setting up a website aimed at
young people, or if you work with young
people and/or parents/carers in a way in which your site could or should carry e-Safety
advice then you can register your website with CEOP as part of their Digital
Asset Library. CEOP offer a number of free downloads available when you
register your website, each designed to provide young people and parents/carers
with a one-click route to advice, guidance and if required an ability to report
online crime. Please register with CEOP to download the resources www.thinkuknow.co.uk/assets
For more advice and information visit:
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