Fantastic way to get parents interested in online safety

Thinking of holding an online safety session for parents and carers? Worried that you'll have a poor turn out? 

Lots of schools are keen to hold online safety sessions for parents and carers.  The problem is that whilst the school thinks online safety is important, parents often do not. I think parents don't attend because they genuinely can not see what all of the fuss is about. Either they don't use social media and so they 'don't know what they don't know' about it or they use social media and have never had a problem. So maybe what we need to do is to demonstrate just how far and how fast a picture posted on a social network can travel!

Now this is (sadly) not my idea but... how about if a teacher takes a picture of the school mascot, class pet, a teddy bear (you choose) and shares it via  Facebook or Twitter accompanied with a brief explanation that you are trying to demonstrate to your class how widely an image can be shared and how it can reach people that you don't even know? I've been the recipient of this sort of request a couple of times and have been happy to accommodate. I've not known the teacher; the request had been shared many times before it reached me and, hopefully, many of my FB 'friends' have shared it further. How many likes/ comments and shares do you think you might get? How far do you think that your image might travel in say a week or two weeks? 

 A teacher in Hereford posted this image of 'John' on Facebook on a Tuesday. By Friday it had had over 1,000 shares and reached almost every continent! 

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 What a fantastic way to demonstrate the power of social media. And what a great thing to do a month or so before you hold your online safety session for

parents! What if every day after you post the image, you update 'a how many shares counter' displayed prominently in school? Try it a month or so before you hold your online safety session for parents. Every day after you post the image, update 'a how many shares counter' displayed prominently in school. Even if t doesn't persuade parents to attend your online safety session, it will deliver a powerful message to your pupils about social media.

 

 

 

Sex and Relationship Education compulsory in all Schools

Today, Education Secretary, Justing Greening, announced that from September 2019 all schools, including academies and free schools, will be required to teach SRE  and that PSHE will become a statutory subject.

  • All primary schools will be required to teach age appropriate relationship education
  • All secondary schools will be required to teach age appropriate relationship and sex education

Greening said that statutory guidance on SRE was introduced in 2000 and is becoming increasingly outdated. In particular, it fails to address cyberbullying, sexting and staying safe online.

See the Greening's full statement 

 

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

Play Like Share - New Online Sexual Exploitation Resource CEOP

Primary teachers and professionals can today access a contemporary education resource pack to teach eight to ten-year-olds to stay safe online.

Developed by the education specialists at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command, the Play Like Share resources include three animations which follow Sam, Alfie and Ellie as they form a band, Selfie, to take on the mean but cool Popcorn Wizards in their school’s battle of the bands competition.

On their journey to school super-stardom, Selfie learn just how troublesome an online fanbase can be as unscrupulous rivals use their online anonymity to derail the band’s rise to the top.

Read more: Play Like Share - New Online Sexual Exploitation Resource CEOP

Essential online safety

 

E2BN provides E-Safety advice and guidance to teachers, school staff, Governors and parents/carers because keeping children safe is as much, if not more, about education as it is about technology. It’s vitally important that children know how to behave online, what is and isn’t acceptable, how to manage the risks and where to go for help if things go wrong.

What E2BN Offers:

Ad hoc Online Safety Advice - Sometimes all a school needs is a quick chat on the telephone or a short email exchange, we are happy to provide this sort of advice as part of our service to E2BN member schools. 

School Based INSET - Sessions for school Staff, Governors and as well as separate sessions for parents that address a range of Online Safety concerns. Sessions can be customised to the needs of individual schools. E2|BN also provides CEOP Online safety training

Online Safety Conference - Annual one day Online Safety Conference.

360 Safe - Many schools are now using the multi-award winning 360 Safe schools self-review online tool to develop an action plan to bring about improvements. It is free to use – sign up here www.360safe.org.uk. E2BN staff are accredited assessors for 360 Safe

Content and Web Filtering - E2BN's Protex is an Ofsted compliant age appropriate filtering system that puts you in control of your pupils access to the Internet. Staff and pupils have different filtering profiles - an essential feature for schools and recommended by Ofsted. The Protex service enables your academy or school to tailor the filtering to your own policies.

The Protex filtering system available from E2BN is already providing safe and secure Internet access to over 600,000 learners and library users. 

 

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