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Promoting Innovative, Positive and Safe Internet Use

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The Internet and digital technologies represents a huge and wonderful 21st century classroom and library of information. It is vital that teachers and other learning providers feel comfortable using the Internet and digital technologies safely and confidently. It is also vital that they feel able to manage their Internet access and pass on critical thinking skills to the young people that they are responsible for.
The following sites represent some of the information that educators should be aware of in order to promote innovative, positive and safe Internet use.

The Byron Review
Professor Tanya Byron undertook a review
of Internet Safety and video games in the UK. Read her findings and recommendations including the development of a UK Council for Child Internet Safety

BECTA publications (saved from the National Archives since BECTA's closure)
Some of BECTA's guidance documents include:

E-safety: a whole school approach

Safeguarding children in a digital world

Safeguarding children online: a guide for local authorities and local safeguarding children boards

Safeguarding children online: a checklist for local authorities and local safeguarding children boards 

Safeguarding children in a digital world: Developing an LSCB e-safety strategy
BECTA 'AUPs in context:Establishing safe and responsible online behaviours'

Safeguarding learners online

Cyberethics from Microsoft
Microsoft has also produced a cyberethics guide ...[more]

NASUWT Guidelines for Teachers
The NASUWT has guidelines for teachers on Social Networking

Report Online Abuse
If you encounter illegal content either via email, browsing the web, or otherwise, you can report it here ...[more]

Understanding Chat Danger
Childnet have an excellent website on Chat Danger which offers advice on how to keep safe when chatting online.

BBC Online Safety
The BBC has an excellent site with Internet  Safety information for all age groups....[more]

Internet Acronyms
The Internet and digital technologies have given rise to a whole new language. click here to read more about it..



Get Started and Learn More about the Internet
The Internet is an amazing tool for education, learning and socialising.
Want to up skill and learn more? Check out the BBC's 1st Click pages; the BBC's Webwise  pages; UK Online Centre's site: Go On Make Online easy; or Digital Unite's Guides

The Internet offers great websites for lesson plans, homework help, fun facts, ICT support and learning ...[more]

Social Networking Sites
Today young and old alike have accounts on social networking sites like Facebook, and even businesses have Facebook pages. Click here to find out more about how you can use these sites more safely: Safe Social Networking

CEOP ThinkUKnow
The ThinkUKnow website has many useful resources for children aged 4 to 16.

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media have some great digital citizenship resources for educators

Cybersmart Australia
Resources from Cybersmart Australia

Working with vulnerable Youth
A report by Stephen Carrick-Davies: Munch, Poke and Ping: Safeguarding vulnerable young people online

Get Up To Date

Some useful sites for educators to promote digital literacy and effective use of technology:
Digital Literacy across the Curriculum

Teach Today - an educational website for teachers interested in using new technologies safely.

Marilyn Western 's Links for Teachers

29 Things We Should Teach Our Kids About Using the Internet by Deb Ng on October 27, 2011

Facebook Security
Facebook Security Guide

Facebook Privacy Tutorial for Parents



Internet Safety for Educators
Some useful sites for educators to learn more about using the Internet and digital technologies more safely themselves.

Many young people today get bullied via their mobile phones or via online websites. Schools and teachers also need help in tackling this problem. See our WISE KIDS page on tackling cyberbullying.

When a young person creates or distributes an explicit image of themselves or their friend/ boyfriend or girlfriend, this is referred to as sexting. To find out more see our page on sexting.

Internet Safety Video Clips
The following page provides links to a number of video clips provided by Google and others to reflect on different aspects of being safe online....[more]

Internet Safety Games
Check out how clued up you or your students are on Internet Safety with these games...[more]

Searching the Internet?

Ever wondered if there were search sites just for young people? ...[more]

Assess website content
Just because a website looks smart, it does not mean that its contents are official or true...this page provides useful resources to explore the issue of Internet literacy and evaluating online content...[more].

Other useful websites for teachers
There are many useful websites and support networks in the UK that educators can use to learn best practice for ICT use, find out what is available and useful on the Internet, and join other support networks...click here to learn more..

Young people, music and the Internet
Childnet and ProMusic have launched an international campaign to help parents everywhere to keep up to speed with the music downloading habits of their children, and to be aware of the associated risks in terms of legal, content and security issues....[more]


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