Help to evaluate SID 2017

The UK Safer Internet Centre has created a short survey to help them learn how schools got involved in Safer Internet Day 2017.  If you did anything at your school for SID this year, please complete this short survey

SID - Online Content Worksheets for children

Ofcom has published a children’s online content worksheet created in collaboration with Childnet.

Children can use the worksheet at school, or at home with parents. Although parental involvement in online safety is important in protecting children, parents often feel unsure about how to start talking to their children about this. These child-friendly worksheets may help and it's a great activity as part of Safer Internet Day on 7th February. You might want to use the worksheets as a survey to find out how children from your school are using the Internet or you could contact E2BN about our online e-safety pupil survey service. Use the get in touch form.

Safer Internet Day 2017

This year the theme is 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. It is now supported by over 100 countries worldwide. It is a fantastic way to focus activities in your school around staying safe online. If you haven't already, register your support and find out more. Visit Safer Internet Day 2017

Education targeted Ransomware attacks

Schools are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. The latest approach is for the criminals to ring the school claiming to be from the Department of Education (remember it's the Department for Education) and asking for the email details for the head teacher/ finance administrator. The fraudsters then claim that they need to send guidance forms to the head teacher (these so far have varied from exam guidance to mental health assessments). The scammers on the phone will claim that they need to send these documents directly to the head teacher and not to a generic school inbox, using the argument that they contain sensitive information. The emails will include an attachment – a .zip file (potentially masked as an Excel or Word document). This attachment will contain ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (up to £8000) to recover the files.

Read more: Education targeted Ransomware attacks

Copy Cat! Copy Cat!

Images are important in education. They are used to illustrate teaching points, clarify information and inspire. Images convey emotions, capture the imagination and express powerful ideas. And we use a lot of images in schools. 

Generally, we glean these images from the various websites, aided and abetted by Google (other search engines are available). After discarding those that are in appropriate and of poor quality most searchers are still faced with hundreds if not thousands of free images to use as they see fit.

Except that these images are not free for us to use however we like. Just like images, videos, pieces of music and text in the physical world, online or virtual resources are covered by copyright. And using copyright materials in school could lead to prosecution and a hefty fine! 

 

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