YouTube for Schools to Cease

Information for Teaching Staff

YouTube for Schools (YTFS) offered educational settings a clever way to access the valuable video that is available on YouTube without exposing students to content that was inappropriate. An administrator signed up for a YouTube for Schools account/channel and added YouTube videos that teachers wanted students to be able to access in school to the account. E2BN Protex utilised YTFS on all student profiles by adding educational content to the E2BN YTFS account/channel and redirecting YouTube request to YTFS.

On 1st July Google is will cease the YTFS service. All schools need to be aware that from 1st July the type of content that students might be able to access on YouTube will change. Students may be able to access content that would previously have been inaccessible.

Children Enjoy Learning to Keep Safe On-line: eCadets

Case study: Colin Marks - Orton Wistow School, Peterborough

I signed the school up to eCadets at the E2BN e-safety conference held in Peterborough this year. I met Henry, who created the scheme, and after listening to him explain how it works and the successes he had seen in other schools I felt it was the next step for us.

Once I had investigated the website and looked through the resources, including videos, on how to get started I told all the children about eCadets in assembly and started the recruitment process. All children who wanted to be an eCadet (lots!) completed a short application form just saying why they wanted to be an eCadet and what strengths they could bring to the role.

I then chose 20 from across Years 2-6 to design an e-safety poster and I spoke to them in groups. I then selected 2 children from each year group to become the first eCadets team. This was announced in an assembly where they received their badge and I created a display in a central area of the school which included their photos and some of their posters.

Is Your School's Filter Appropriate?

From September 2016, the DfE's most recent changes to 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' will come into force.

Schools will now be required to "ensure that appropriate filtering and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or college's IT system." The document then goes on to say that schools will need to "be careful" that 'over-blocking' does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding". 

IWF Report on Child Sexual Abuse Images

The annual report from the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) published today contains their latest trends and statistics on online child sexual abuse imagery.

Here are a few headlines from the report:

  • 417% increase in reports of child sexual abuse images and video since 2013.
  • 941 web pages actioned in a single record breaking day. 68,092 confirmed as child sexual abuse URLs: 118% increase on 2014.
  • 69% of victims assessed as 10 years or under.
  • 121 internet industry Members working with us.
  • Only 0.2% of the world’s known child sexual abuse imagery is hosted in the UK.

Please use the Report as a reference.

You can access the Report from https://www.iwf.org.uk/accountability/annual-reports/2015-annual-report

Online Safety and Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework

A guest blog from Alan McKenzie @esafety-adviser

You will be aware that Sept 15 has seen a renewed focus from Ofsted on safeguarding, including e-safety under the Common Inspection Framework.

Specifically, this is ‘inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from Sept 2015.’ First and foremost this re-iterates the fact that e-safety is not a technology issue; from the perspective of a school it is primarily a safeguarding matter. Now when I say e-safety, Ofsted has changed e-safety to ‘online safety’ to reflect issues that go beyond the scope of safeguarding.

Similarly, the term cyber-bullying has been replaced with ‘online bullying’. There is no doubt that inspectors are much more focussed in regards to e-safety. Going back a couple of years you wouldn’t see many references to e-safety within Ofsted reports, but now it is becoming increasingly common, not just in schools but in other settings such as childminders.

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