• a string of characters that allows access to a computer, interface, or system.
  • a secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to a place.

A password is the most common way to prove your identity. The use of a strong password is essential to ensure your privacy and security. And yet so many of us use the same weak, guessable, easily crackable password for everything. Having to remember dozens of different, long passwords containing a random mix of characters, numbers and upper and lower case letters is difficult – impossible even. So we choose dictionary words often that have meaning for us – maybe the place where we were born, a pet’s name or our favourite football team - chelsea.

Then, either because the system says that we must use a capital letter and a number to make the password stronger, or because we think we are cunning, we substitute some letters for numerals – ‘a’ looks a bit like a 4, an ‘e’ like a 3 so we get Ch3lsea.

Parents and Online Safety

Parents are our first teachers. They are uniquely placed to respond to individual needs; they are powerful example setters and so should be viewed as key players in teaching and learning. This has never been more the case than with online (e-safety) education.

Many parents and the proportion will only rise, are already experienced users of social media and social networking. Facebook, quickly followed by MySpace and BeBo burst on to the cyber scene in 2004. Many of your pupils’ parents were young adults then, and they were the eager and naïve early adopters of social networking. Many of these parents have gone on to use Flickr, Twitter, Four Square Instagram… Most without incident or indeed a huge amount of e-safety guidance or education. And, of course, there are also many parents of school-aged children who are older and it all passed them by. Or they didn’t get on board the social media bandwagon for social or cultural reasons.

Pokémon Go – More popular than Porn!

Pokémon Go the new mobile game that lets players catch Pokémon as they roam the streets has become a bit of a phenomenon. It’s a game that uses augmented reality and GPS software to display virtual creatures in the real world so that players can find and capture said creatures.

Many of your pupils will already be playing Pokémon Go – it’s a great way to get people, young and old, out of the house and moving around.pokemon pic Within a month of its launch (July 2016) Nintendo’s share price had doubled (despite not owning or distributing the game). High-level accounts are being bought and sold for hundreds of pounds; there are already 9.5 million daily players and apparently, there are claims that, amongst adults, it is proving more popular than online pornography!

Managing Sexting Incidents

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In September 2015 from the National Police Chief Council's lead on children and young people said, “if a school chooses to take an incident to the police, then officers must record the crime." So what does this mean for schools when faced with dealing with a sexting incident? The UK Safer Internet Centre has produced two infographics on sexting to help schools understand what it is and to decide if and when they should involve the police.

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.

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